Winnipeg Jets (23-16-4) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (24-15-5)
NHL: Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at 7:30 PM ET (Scotiabank Arena)
Lines & Odds: Winnipeg Jets +170/Toronto Maple Leafs -200
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to continue their hot form as they host the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Arena. Maple Leafs are one of the hottest teams in the league going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, while the Jets are in one of their worst stretches of the season going 3-5-2 in their last 10.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have turned it around after a tough start to the season and now find themselves in third place in the Atlantic division. If not for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are on an eight game winning streak, the Maple Leafs would be the hottest team in the NHL. Things have gone this way because of their explosive offense as they rank in the top six in nearly every major category. They score 3.59 goals per game (T3rd in NHL) on 33.5 shots on goal (6th in NHL) and 10.7% shooting (5th in NHL), while also being extremely efficient on power plays, scoring on 24.4% of them, and faceoffs, winning 52.7% of them. Center Auston Matthews has been the star for this Maple Leafs team as he leads them in points with 52 and plus/minus at +16. He’s also received help from player like Mitchell Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares, but Matthews has been the driving force. Defensively, this team can still make plenty of improvements as they allow 3.16 goals on 32.8 shots on goal and kill just 75.8% of opposing penalties, all of which rank in the bottom half of the league. Luckily, they have a top goalie in Frederik Andersen behind them to clean up their messes, but he can only do so much.
Last Wednesday, the Winnipeg Jets lost to the Maple Leafs at home and are now in the location they feel more comfortable, on the road. They currently have a 13-7-2 record on the road. No other Western conference team has a better record away from home, so that’s a positive for this team. Unfortunately, there aren’t many others as they have been average offensively and inconsistent on the defensive end. They score 3.05 goals (17th in NHL) on 31.2 shots on goal (15th in NHL) and 9.8% shooting (14th in NHL), while their power play and faceoff numbers are above average, but not by much. Center Mark Scheifele has been their most productive player as he leads them with 48 points, however, those numbers haven’t translated to many wins as he has a plus/minus of zero. On the other side of the ice they are much worse, allowing 3.02 goals (T14th in NHL) on 33.2 shots on goal (29th in NHL) and they kill just 72.2% of opponent penalties (31st in NHL). At least they are one of the least penalized teams in the league averaging just 6.9 penalty minutes (T2nd in NHL). Luckily for them, they have goalie Connor Hellebuyck keeping things in check with a record of 19-12-4 to go with 2.69 GAA and .920 SV%. He’s doing all that despite being shot at the most so far this season.
Cover The Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends
The total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 7 games
They are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of their last 15 games vs Winnipeg
The total has gone OVER in 8 of their last 12 games
They are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games
They are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games vs Toronto
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets Free NHL Predictions
This is going to be a very high scoring game between two teams that have allowed the most shots against their starting goalies so far this season. So expect the puck to be flying around out there. It may be tough to go this route, but the Jets have a few things going for them: slight edge at goalie, a bit better defensively and the Maple Leafs haven’t been dominant at home. Making that +170 have a lot of value.