Leafs and Flyers Go Over

Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:13 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 7:13 PM UTC

In another game with huge playoff point implications, the Leafs and Flyers trade goals and give the goal lamp a workout.

<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Philadelphia (34-27-8 SU, 34-35 ATS) at Toronto (42-23-5 SU, 42-28 ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Friday, 7 p.m. ET </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Free NHL Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nhl-hockey/philadelphia-flyers-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-3493488/odds/" target="_blank">Over</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4473&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3493488, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,238,999998,1096,19], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Make no mistake, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in a funk! They have lost two straight games and allowed six and five goals respectively in each game. Yes, their potent offense did score six goals in those two games and yes, they made a spirited comeback against the Blackhawks before eventually losing 5-4. However, the Leafs are banged up on the blue line and their forwards aren't coming back to help compensate.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;\"I think we just need to regroup as a team and put it in the past and really get back to what makes us successful.\"&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/AM34?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@AM34&lt;/a&gt; on moving forward after last night's game. &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/LeafsForever?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#LeafsForever&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/c6OK47HfKY\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/c6OK47HfKY&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/1106279240377487360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 14, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>The Flyers will likely be a bit tired coming in late the night before after hosting the Capitals Thursday but with their playoff lives on the line, they will never be flat. For all those reasons, I'd stay away from picking a winner here and just ride the over.</p><p>Toronto has scored 250 goals and allowed 204. They are <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nhl-hockey/philadelphia-flyers-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-3493488/matchup/" target="_blank">35-31-4 on the over/under</a> and 19-15-2 at home. Heading into Thursday, Philadelphia had scored 212 goals and allowed 228. They were 37-31-1 on the over/under and 18-15-1 on the road.</p><p>The Leafs are 42-27 against the spread and 21-14 at home. The Leafs are 33-36 on the puck line and 16-19 at home. Mitch Marner leads the team in assists with 60 helpers and points with 84. John Tavares leads the Leafs in goals with 39 lamplighters.</p><p>Heading into Thursday, the Flyers were <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nhl-hockey/philadelphia-flyers-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-3493488/odds/" target="_blank">34-35 against the spread</a> and 16-18 on the road. The Flyers were 34-35 on the puck line. Claude Giroux led the team in assists with 53 helpers and in points with 73. Sean Couturier led the team in goals with 28 lamplighters.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Goaltending Matchup</strong></h2><ul> <li><strong>For the Flyers, </strong>heading into Thursday, Cam Talbot was 1-0-0-0 with a 2.58 GAA and a .918 save percentage; Brian Elliott was 11-8-0-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .916 save percentage and Carter Hart was 13-8-0-1 with a 2.79 GAA and a .917 save percentage.</li> <li><strong>For the Leafs</strong>, Freddie Andersen is 33-14-0-4 with a 2.68 GAA and .920 save percentage. Garret Sparks is 7-6-0-1 with a 3.04 GAA and .906 save percentage.</li></ul><p> </p><h2><strong>M*A*S*H Report</strong></h2><ul> <li>For the Flyers, heading into Thursday, Michal Neuvirth (lower-body) was day-to-day.</li> <li>For the Leafs, Jake Gardiner (back) is week-to-week and defenseman Travis Dermott (shoulder) is out until late March. Zach Hyman (flu) and Kasperi Kapanen (concussion) are day-to-day.</li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Final score prediction:</strong> Leafs 6 Flyers 5 (OT)</p>
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