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#15 Toronto Maple Leafs 6 vs.
#16 St. Louis Blues -115
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Enterprise Center, St Louis
Written by Valdis Pans

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On the back of two consecutive defeats, the Toronto Maple Leafs (5th in Atlantic Division) are embarking on a four-date road trek, with the St. Louis Blues (1st in Central) playing host in Game 1 after being shut out by Pittsburgh in their previous contest…

Leafs Drop Back-To-Back

The Toronto Maple Leafs (13-13-4) lost their second consecutive decision after being beaten with a score of 3-1 by the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. Playing just 24 hours after a 6-1 defeat at the Philadelphia Flyers, the Leafs outshot the visitors 39-30, but managed to find the back of the net on just one occasion when Zach Hyman (3 goals, 4 points this year) made it 1-1 in the second period before the Avs scored a shorty and an empty-netter in the final third. Toronto has lost three of its past four fixtures (1-3-0) after winning three straight prior. The team is 6-9-0 when skating on the road.

Starting back-to-back games, goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots versus Colorado and has now gone 13-7-3 for the season with a 2.56 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He has posted a 4-6-3 career total against the St. Louis Blues with a 2.87 GAA and a .914 save percentage. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are scoring the 11th highest number of goals per game (3.13), while giving up the 7th highest quantity defensively (3.30). They are 16th in power play (19.0%) and 27th in penalty kill (75.5%).

Blues Get Shut Out By Pens

The St. Louis Blues (18-6-6) closed a four-game winning run after being blanked with a count of 3-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday. The Blues killed all of their five penalties, but were outshot 33-28, failing to score on four power-play opportunities of their own, eventually allowing a goal in each period. David Perron (11 goals, 28 points this year) recorded a team-high four shots on goal for St. Louis, which ended a 10-game point streak on the road (8-0-2). The Blues are 8-3-3 when playing on own ice this season.

Goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 30 shots in Pittsburgh, taking his current performance total to 13-5-4 for the rolling year with a 2.30 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He has gone 2-0-0 against the Toronto Maple Leafs historically with a 2.00 GAA and a .940 save percentage. The Blues, meanwhile, are burying the 15th highest amount of goals per game (3.00), while conceding the 5th lowest quantity in their defensive zone (2.50). They are 6th in power play (23.6%) and 5th in penalty kill (85.0%).

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The Blues have been a nightmare of a team for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped their last seven decisions against them, including the very last three trips to St. Louis. The Blues have been excellent in bouncing back from painful defeats, winning six of their previous seven contests following a loss of at least three goals. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have been quite dodgy lately, winning just one of their past four outings, allowing at least six goals in two of the three defeats. Based on current form, the Blues are the team to pick, despite their shutout loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last contest.

Prediction: St. Louis Blues

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The very last four contests between the Blues and the Maple Leafs have all been decided within the realm of just five markers, averaging 4.5 snipes per fixture. So, go with another low-scoring game here! Nine of the past 11 matchups of the Maple Leafs against the Western Conference have already ended below the set goal-mark, while 10 of the previous 13 overall fixtures of the Blues have all seen just a modest amount of scoring.

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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...