Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho, and the Carolina Hurricanes will do battle against Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews, and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in an Eastern Conference tilt. The action will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, and it is being televised live on CBC Sports.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Carolina (+115) is currently the underdog to Toronto (-135), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under) at Parx Pennsylvania Sportsbook.
Carolina is 34-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 60 regular season contests, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and none have pushed. As a road team in 2019-20, the Canes are 15-14 SU.
Carolina has converted on 21.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, it has the eighth-best penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all penalties..
Sporting a .904 save percentage and 25.0 saves per game, Petr Mrazek (20-18-2) has been the top option in goal for Carolina this season. Mrazek played last night, however, so the team may choose to rest him and instead turn to James Reimer (14-10-2 record, .914 save percentage, 2.67 goals against average).
On the other side of the ice, Toronto is 32-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 62 regular season outings, 35 of its games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 16-15 SU at home this year.
The Maple Leafs currently have the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve found the net on 24.1 percent of their extra-man opportunities this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 76.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Frederik Andersen has stopped 27.3 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Maple Leafs. Andersen has 25 wins, 21 losses, and six OT losses to his name and has maintained a mediocre 2.91 goals against average and a subpar .908 save percentage this year.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Free Picks
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under
The Maple Leafs are 1-4 in games that go to shootout. The Hurricanes are 5-0 in shootouts.
The under has hit in three of Toronto’s last five outings.
This game features two clubs that fire the puck toward the goal a lot. Carolina has taken the league’s seventh-most shots on goal (32.8) and Toronto has attempted the fifth-most (33.3).
Six of Toronto’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 2-4 overall in those games.
Carolina skaters created 26.7 hits per game last season, while the Leafs posted 18.8 hits per matchup.