Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are set to do battle against Timo Meier, Brent Burns, and the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in a cross-continent matchup. Sportsnet Ontario will air the game, and the action gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3.
Toronto Maple Leafs at San Jose Sharks Odds
Playing the role of underdogs will be the Maple Leafs (-155), while the Sharks are offering moneyline odds of +135 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under) at Will Hill.
Toronto is 35-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 37 of its matches have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Leafs are 18-15 SU on the road in 2019-20.
Toronto has converted on 23.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 25th in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off only 76.9 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 27.4 saves per game with a .906 save percentage, Frederik Andersen (28-22-6) has been the top option in goal for Toronto this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach Sheldon Keefe might turn to Jack Campbell (11-13-3), who has a .904 save percentage and 2.77 goals against average this year.
On the other bench, San Jose is 28-37 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 36 of its games have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just three have pushed. This season, the team is 16-16 SU as the home team.
The Sharks have converted on just 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 86.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Martin Jones has stopped 25.1 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Sharks. Jones has 16 wins, 22 losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 2.99 goals against average and a poor .897 save percentage this year.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under
The Sharks are 2-1 in games decided by shootout. The Maple Leafs are 1-4 in shootouts.
The total has gone under in four of San Jose’s last five outings.
Toronto’s attempted 32.9 shots per game overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 28.2 in its last five road outings.
Six of San Jose’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 2-4 overall in those games.
The Sharks this season have recorded the 10th-most hits per game in the NHL (22.2), but that average has climbed to 25.0 over their past five games as the home team.