Penguins vs. Maple Leafs Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 10/18/18, Prediction & Odds

The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a roaring start this season and will host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in a power-packed affair. Can Toronto record its seven win in eight games to begin the 2018-19 campaign?

Game Snapshot

1 Pittsburgh Penguins at 2 Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Scotiabank Arena at 7:05PM ET

TV: ESPN+

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Maple Leafs are a -147 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Penguins are a +127 underdog, while the total is set at 7 goals. As of Thursday afternoon, 75 percent of public bets are being placed on host Toronto. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.

Penguins fall at home in OT

Pittsburgh lost 3-2 at home to Vancouver in its last game. The Penguins tied it up at 2-2 with 3:14 left in the third period on a goal by Carl Hagelin. Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin assisted on the tally. Jake Guentzel scored his fourth goal of the season in the defeat. Casey DeSmith stopped 23 of 26 shots sent his way for the Penguins.

Leafs roll to win over Kings

Toronto claimed a 4-1 home victory over the Kings to improve to 6-1-0 on the season. The Maple Leafs opened up a 2-0 lead through one period and held on from there. Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals to lead the way to the victory. Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner added a goal apiece. Auston Matthews dished out two assists. Garret Sparks made 33 saves on 34 shots to pick up the win.

NHL Betting Trends

Pittsburgh

The Penguins are 0-4 in their last four games playing on one day of rest. The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings. 

Toronto

The home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last five meetings.

Prediction:

I still can't wrap my head around an over-under of seven goals in this game. Expect the scoring to be fast and furious tonight. Pittsburgh certainly has the firepower to keep up, but Toronto is playing with so much confidence right now I can't see them slowing down. Look for Matthews to get on the scoresheet a couple times to lead the hosts to another victory.

 

NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS -147

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