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National Hockey League action on Friday evening and the Metro Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the Philadelphia Flyers grapple with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. The Flyers are off a 5-2 home loss to the Capitals, while the Leafs are off a 5-4 home loss to the Blackhawks.
Flyers Fall At Home To The Capitals
The Washington Capitals just had their winning streak snapped and the Flyers were hoping to hand them their 2nd loss in a row, but it was not meant to be as Washington went into Philly and skated out with a 5-2. The Flyers had won six of their last eight games, so it was a loss that stopped some of their momentum. The Flyers are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings and just five points out of the 8th spot, so they need all the points they can get at this point or they will miss out on the NHL’s 2nd season. Scoring in the loss to the Caps was James van Riemsdyk, which was his 21st of the year and Scott Laughton, which was his 12th of the year.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 15, 2019
Brian Elliott is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 11-9 with a 2.59 GAA on the year, including 5-3 with a 2.37 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 8-7 with a 2.63 GAA against the Maple Leafs. Philadelphia has gone 16-18 on the road for the year and they have averaged 3.03 gpg and have allowed 3.41 gpg in those games. The Flyers check in ranked 22nd in power play conversions at 17.1% and 26th in penalty kill at 77.9%.
Maple Leafs Take Bad Home Loss To Chicago
The Chicago Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division and they have been a bad road team this year, but still, they went into Scotiabank Arena and walked out with a 54-4 win. That was a bad loss for the Maple Leafs, who are playing for postseason position at the moment. The Leafs are currently in 6th place in the Eastern Conference and they trail the Bruins by just four points for the six seed. The Leafs cannot afford home losses to the Blackhawks and they cannot afford a loss to the Flyers in this one either. Both teams need this game in the worst way. Scoring in the loss the Hawks was Andreas Johnsson, which was his 20th of the year, Auston Matthews, which was his 32nd, Morgan Rielly, which was his 19th, and John Tavares, which was his 39th.
"I think we just need to regroup as a team and put it in the past and really get back to what makes us successful."@AM34 on moving forward after last night's game. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/c6OK47HfKY
— Toronto St. Pats (@MapleLeafs) March 14, 2019
Absorbing the loss to the Blackhawks was Garret Sparks (7-7, 3.04 GAA), who allowed one goal on 25 shot attempts, after relieving the ineffective Frederik Andersen, who allowed four goals on 14 shot attempts. Andersen will get the nod in this one and he has gone 33-18 with a 2.68 GAA on the year, including 16-9 with a 2.66 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 6-3 with a 2.86 GAA against the Flyers. The Maple Leafs have gone 21-15 here at home and they have averaged 3.58 gpg and have allowed 2.86 gpg in those games. Toronto enters this game ranked 7th in the league in power play conversions at 22.9% and 17th in penalty kill at 80.3%.
- 13-3 in their last 16 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 27-11 in their last 38 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 1-5 in their last 6 games as a road underdog of +151 to +200
- The road team is 1-6 the last seven games in this series
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like the Maple Leafs to take this one. They have struggled some of late, but they are catching the Flyers’ team that is playing on no rest and is off a tough divisional battle with the Capitals. This is not a good spot for the Flyers, who have struggled on the road, while the Leafs have gone 39-18 in their last 57 home games and 53-25 in their last 78 games as a favorite. Take the Leafs over a tired Philly squad.
Prediction: Toronto -185
Full-Game Total Pick
The Flyers will be on tired legs on offense, but the Leafs have allowed 11 goals over their last two games and 3.40 gpg over their last 10 games. The Toronto offense has been hot of late as they have averaged 4.00 gpg over their last 10 games and they have put up 3.58 gpg at home, while the Flyers have allowed 3.20 gpg in their last 10 games and 3.41 gpg on the road. The Over is 6-1-1 in Philadelphia’s last eight vs. a team with a winning record and 10-1 in Toronto’s last 11 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation, plus 8-2-1 the last 11 games between these teams here in Toronto.
Prediction: Over 6.5