Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Tampa Bay Lightning (38-14-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (33-19-5)

NHL Hockey: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -110 / Tampa Bay Lightning +100 — Over/Under: 6

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The two divisional foes square off at the Air Canada Center as the Lightning and the Maple Leafs face off for a Monday night matchup.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won their last two games as they head into Toronto. The Bolts are currently in first place in the Atlantic division with 79 points. In their last game the Lightning defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Feb 10. The Lightning have been the best team in the league all year and road games have been a major success. In 30 games on the road the Lightning are 19-9-2 this season on the road. In their last ten games the Lightning have won seven of their last ten.

Nikita Kucherov continues to dominate the NHL as he is also the current point leader for the Lightning. Kucherov has 69 points (29 G , 40 A) in just 55 games played this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy continues to dominate the league as he is one of the best goalies in the league this season. Vasilevskiy has started in 45 games this season posting 33 wins, a 2.29 GAA, and a .929 save % behind the net. The Lightning have been dominant this season on the power play as they are second in the league converting 24.1% with the man advantage this season. The penalty kill has been a weakness this season as they are 23rd in the league killing off 78.6% of their penalties this season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently in third place in the Atlantic division with 71 points. The Leafs have been rolling lately since they are on a three game winning streak heading into Monday’s matchup. The Maple Leafs are coming off a win against the Ottawa Senators, which they won 6-3 on Feb 10. In their last ten games the Leafs have won eight of their ten games in that stretch. The Leafs have played well at home this season as they are 17-8-2 in 27 games at the Air Canada Center.

Auston Matthews continues to lead the Maple Leafs as the young player leads the team in points this season. Matthews has 44 points (26 G, 18 A) in 47 games played this season. Frederik Andersen has also been stellar for the Maple Leafs this season. In 47 starts this season Andersen has posted 27 wins, a 2.65 GAA, and a .921 save % behind the net. The Leafs have done well this season on the power play but have slipped a bit lately as they are 14th in the league with the man advantage.  The penalty kill has been dominant this season as they are sixth in the league killing off 82.8% of their penalties.

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Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Toronto

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games when playing Toronto

Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto

Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

FREE NHL LIGHTNING VS MAPLE LEAFS PREDICTION

The Maple Leafs should get a key victory in this matchup to continue to fight for first place in the division. This game is going to come down to special teams, which I give the favor to the Toronto Maple Leafs in this one. This game is going to be a low scoring game as both goalies are doing well all season long.

  Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs

ICYMI: Ryan Callahan once returned to the lineup 5 days after having an emergency appendectomy. So it should come as no surprise to see him back on the ice 11 weeks after offseason shoulder surgery. #Bolts
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Ryan Callahan once returned to the lineup 5 days after having an emergency appendectomy. So it should come as no surprise to see him back on the ice 11 weeks after offseason shoulder surgery. #Bolts
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Got a chance to talk to Ryan Callahan at informal workouts in Brandon, said he’s still on pace to be ready for game action early Nov. “Rehab this first 11 weeks has gone great. Everything feels really good...It’s right where it needs to be.” #Bolts

"I got back on the ice last week, but I already feel pretty good. I'm actually surprised. Usually it takes 2 weeks at least before I feel comfortable."

ICYMI: Andrei Vasilevskiy is game ready sooner than expected he tells us in his offseason recap. #Bolts
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"I got back on the ice last week, but I already feel pretty good. I'm actually surprised. Usually it takes two weeks at least before I feel comfortable."

Good news #Bolts fans: Andrei Vasilevskiy is game ready he tells us in his offseason recap.
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