Thursday's NHL Prediction

2011 NHL Picks and Predictions Hurricanes Maple Leafs

TORONTO, ON (TheSpread) – The Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes each need a win when the two meet on Thursday. Here is a breakdown of my pick for this contest.

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Carolina is 25-20-6 on the season and 12-11-4 on the road. The Hurricanes have scored 155 goals and allowed 158. They have split their last 10 games.

Toronto is 20-25-5 on the year and 11-11-4 at home. The Leafs have scored 128 goals and allowed 156. Toronto has lost 6 of its last 10 games.

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have given Carolina betting odds of -108 for tonight’s game while Toronto has betting odds of +100. The over/under for goals scored has been set at 5.5. Here is a look at the trends and my pick for tonight’s game.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7PM ET (View Matchup)

The Hurricanes have won their last 5 games against the Maple Leafs and their last 5 games in Toronto. The road team also has won 7 of the last 9 meetings in this series. My pick for this game is the Hurricanes on the road as Carolina is the better team overall and fighting for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.

NHL FREE PICK: CAROLINA HURRICANES -108

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