Blues vs. Maple Leafs Prediction
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look for another win in the early going this season tonight as they host the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Can Toronto stay rolling as the favorites?
Monday, October 7, 2019
Scotiabank Arena at 7:05PM ET
TV: NHL Network
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Maple Leafs are a -130 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blues are a +110 underdog, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. As of Monday morning, 63 percent of public bets are being placed on host Toronto. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Blues edge Stars
St. Louis scored twice in the third period Saturday night to post a 3-2 home win over Dallas. David Perron opened the scoring 1:21 into the game with assists going to Sammy Blais and Colton Parayko. The Stars tied it up later in the first period, while they took a 2-1 advantage through two periods. Brayden Schenn tied it up at 2-2 with 15:33 remaining in the third period off assists from Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. Blais provided the game-winner midway through the third on assists from Carl Gunnarsson and Ryan O'Reilly. Jordan Binnington posted the win in net as he allowed two goals on 29 shots.
Maple Leafs fall in shootout
Toronto lost 6-5 at home in a shootout to rival Montreal Saturday night to drop to 2-0-1 overall. After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, Auston Matthews tied it up at the 14:03 mark with his fourth goal of the season assisted by Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci. Alexander Kerfoot made it 2-1 in favor of the Maple Leafs with 4:03 left in the first via a goal assisted by Trevor Moore. Moore pushed it to 3-1 early in the second with a goal assisted by Ilya Mikheyev and Kerfoot. Toronto pushed it to 4-1 in the third via a William Nylander goal off assists from Tyson Barrie and Kerfoot. The Canadiens scored the next four goals to take a 5-4 advantage with 4:40 remaining. Toronto tied it up at the 1:15 mark via a Matthews power play goal on assists courtesy of Barrie and Mitch Marner. Montreal won the shootout by a count of 1-0. Michael Hutchinson took the loss in net as he surrendered five goals on 42 shots.
NHL Betting Trends
The Blues are 5-1 in their last six road games. St. Louis is 44-18 in its last 62 games versus the Atlantic Division.
The Maple Leafs are 2-5 in their last seven home games. Toronto is 6-1 in its last seven Monday games.
The Blues are a defensive-minded team, but on the road at an explosive offensive team in Toronto I would rather take my chances on the hosts. The Maple Leafs will have their No. goalie in net and will want to bounce back from Saturday's disappointing result. I'm taking Toronto to get the job done here.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS -130