Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Prediction
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won their last three and are tied for the second-most points in the NHL heading into today's home game versus the Detroit Red Wings. Is Toronto going to win by multiple goals today to win on the puckline?
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Scotiabank Arena at 7:35PM ET
TV: SN (TOR)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Maple Leafs are a -300 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Red Wings are a +245 underdog, while the over-under is set at 6.5 goals. Toronto is -113 on the -1.5 puckline bet, while Detroit is -107. As of Sunday afternoon, 68 percent of public bets are siding with the host Maple Leafs. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Red Wings edged by Panthers
Detroit lost for the fifth time in six games Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 home loss to the Panthers. Florida scored both of its goals in the first period to take a 2-0 advantage through 20 minutes. Thomas Vanek scored an unassisted goal, his fifth of the season, midway through the second to cut the deficit in half but the Red Wings (15-17-5) were unable to find the equalizer. Detroit had 34 shots on goal with Dylan Larkin and Filip Hronek leading the way with five each. Jimmy Howard surrendered two goals on 23 shots to take the loss.
Maple Leafs win third in a row
Toronto secured a 5-3 home win over the Rangers Satuirday night to improve to 24-10-2 on the season. Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal in the first period on an assist from Morgan Rielly to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. New York tied the score at 1-1 in the second, while most of the game's goals were scored in the final 20 minutes. Andreas Johnsson gave Toronto the lead again on a goal assisted by Mitch Marner and John Tavares. Rielly made it 3-1 with Johnsson and Frederik Gauthier assisting. After the Rangers cut it to 3-2, the Maple Leafs responded with a Marner goal assisted by Tavares and Johnsson. New York cut it back to 4-3 with 3:41 remaining, but Toronto added an unassisted insurance empty-net goal by Marner with 20 seconds left to close it out. Frederik Andersen earned the win as he made 25 saves on 28 shots.
NHL Betting Trends
The Red Wings are 0-4 in their last four games playing on zero days of rest. Detroit is 1-4 in its last five meetings in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last five games in game three of a 3-in-4 situation. Toronto is 1-4 in its last five versus the Atlantic Division.
These are two teams going in opposite directions. Both teams are playing on no rest, but the Maple Leafs get to stay at home and are the far more powerful team in this matchup. Without Howard in goal, I don't think the Red Wings have any chance of slowing down the Toronto offense. Take the hosts on the moneyline
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PL -113