Lightning vs. Maple Leafs Pick
Who Oddsnakers Like: Toronto. According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Maple Leafs are listed as a -120 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Lightning are a +100 underdog, while the total is set at 6 goals. The line opened as a pick'em before shifting in Toronto's favor.
Who the Public Likes: Tampa Bay. As of Monday afternoon, 54 percent of public bets have come in on the visiting Lightning. Online wager info also shows 52 percent of bets are on the over.
Who We Like: Tampa Bay won the first meeting this season by a score of 2-0 in Toronto on Jan. 2. The Lightning are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings, while the under has gone 7-2-1. Tampa Bay comes in on a two-game winning streak and has won four of five. The over is 8-2 in its last 10 contests. Toronto is on a three-game winning streak and has won seven of eight games. The under has gone 6-3-1.
As good as the Maple Leafs have been playing, it's difficult to ignore getting that little extra money with a bet on the Lightning. Anytime you can get the NHL's best team as an underdog, it is worth considering. I like the matchup here and Tampa Bay has been scoring at a rapid pace. Take the visitors.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING +100