Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and the Florida Panthers will do battle against Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in a divisional showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, and you can witness it live on Fox SportsNet Florida.
Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Losing 5.6 units for moneyline bettors, Toronto is 28-24 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage isn’t too far off from to what the team managed during the 2018-19 season (46-36). Through 52 regular season contests, 30 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 13-13 SU at home this year.
The Maple Leafs have connected on 24.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.4 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 28.3 saves per game with a .910 save percentage, Frederik Andersen (24-17-6) has been the primary goalkeeper for Toronto this season. If Toronto decides to rest him, however, it might roll with Michael Hutchinson (4-9-9 record, .890 save percentage, 3.56 goals against average).
On the other side of the rink, Florida is 28-22 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.0 units this year. Through 50 regular season outings, 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. As the away team so far, the Panthers are 12-12 SU.
The Panthers have scored on 23.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for seventh-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.9 percent of all penalties.
Sergei Bobrovsky (3.26 goals against average and .897 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Florida. Bobrovsky is averaging 26.7 saves per game and has 20 wins, 18 losses, and four OT losses to his credit.
Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Under
Two of the Maple Leafs’ last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 1-4 overall in shootouts this season.
For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five outings.
This game features two clubs that put the puck on goal a lot. Florida has registered the league’s ninth-most shots on goal (33.1) while Toronto has attempted the fifth-most (33.7).
Six of Florida’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-2 in those games.
Florida skaters notched 23.2 hits per game last season, while the Maple Leafs forced 18.8 hits per matchup.