Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Prediction
A high-powered contest is on tap tonight as the Toronto Maple Leafs play at the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning. Will Tampa Bay win its eighth straight game as the home favorites?
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Amalie Arena at 7:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Lightning are a -123 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Maple Leafs are a +113 underdog, while the total is set at 7 goals. As of Thursday morning, 65 percent of public bets are siding with host Tampa Bay. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Maple Leafs ease past Hurricanes
Toronto (21-9-1) ended a two-game losing skid Tuesday night with a 4-1 win at the Hurricanes. Morgan Rielly broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with his 10th goal of the season on assists from Auston Matthews and William Nylander. Patrick Marleau padded the lead in the third period with Nylander and Nazrem Kadri assisting. John Tavares completed the scoring on assists from Mitch Marner and Jake Gardiner. In the first period, Tyler Ennis opened the scoring with assists going to Frederik Gauthier and Travis Dermott. Frederik Andersen picked up the win in net as he turned away 29 of 30 shots.
Lightning double up Rangers
Tampa Bay secured its seventh straight victory Monday night with a 6-3 triumph at home over New York. Ryan McDonagh scored in the second period to break a 2-2 tie and the Lightning scored three more goals in the third period to put it away. Steven Stamkos had a hat trick in the win as he now has 15 goals on the season. Anthony Cirelli scored the other two goals. J.T. Miller, Brayden Point and Victor Hedman all notched two assists. Louis Domingue recorded 23 saves on 26 shots to earn the win.
NHL Betting Trends
The Maple Leafs are 1-4 in the last five meetings. Toronto is 12-4 in its last 16 road games.
The Lightning are 22-7 in their last 29 road games. Tampa Bay is 37-15 in its last 52 games overall.
All winning streaks come to an end and it could happen against much worse foes than the Maple Leafs. Toronto is going to want to make a statement here and has the firepower to get it done. The total is set crazy high and I'd still consider the over before the under here. Do you really want to bet on these two teams NOT scoring goals? But I think Toronto will be amped up here and I'm betting on the visitors to get the win.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS +113