Leafs Play Their Cards Right & Crown Knights

Jimmy Murphy

Monday, November 5, 2018 4:46 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 4:46 PM UTC

The Toronto Maple Leafs got their first win without injured phenom Auston Matthews in a 5-0 rout of the Penguins on the road Saturday and they will get their second straight at home against Vegas on Tuesday.

Murphy Season Record: 26-19-2

Vegas (6-7-1, 6-8 ATS) at Toronto (9-5-0, 9-5 ATS)Tuesday, 7 p.m. ETFree NHL Picks: Leafs MLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Like Tom Petty, the Toronto Maple Leafs are "learning to fly" without their superstar phenom Auston Matthews who suffered a shoulder injury on Oct. 27 and is out for at least another three weeks. Matthews helped the Leafs out to an almost record offensive start with 10 goals and 16 points in his first 11 games of the season before the injury. Toronto didn’t respond well to losing their best player, as they lost their first two games without Matthews by a combined score of 5-2. On Saturday though, the Leafs exploded for a 5 spot on the road blanking Sidney Crosby and and the Penguins 5-0. They should be able to continue that success against what has been a mediocre Vegas Golden Knights squad and one that has struggled mightily on the road going 2-5-0.

While they won their last game 3-0 over Carolina Saturday, a game in which goalie Marc-Andre Fleury got his 50th career shutout, the Knights just haven’t kicked it into that gear that had them shock the NHL last season and make the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. Yes they have battled some injuries but there just seems to be something missing with Vegas this season and there really hasn’t been that turning the corner moment yet. Against a Leafs team that has incredible offensive depth but has also been coming together defensively in the last couple of games, that moment won’t be Tuesday in Toronto.

The Maple Leafs are 9-5 against the spread and 3-5 at home. Toronto has scored 48 goals and allowed 39. They’re 4-10-0 on the over/under and 1-7-0 at home. The Leafs are 6-8 on the puck line and 1-7 at home. Toronto started the season at +650 to win the Stanley Cup and can now be had for +700 over at BetOnline.

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly has burst onto the scene this season and has to be considered an early Norris Trophy candidate. Rielly has 6 goals and 12 assists for a team-leading 18 points. Mitch Marner leads the team in assists with 14 helpers and the injured Matthews leads the team in goals with 10 lamplighters. John Tavares has 8 goals and 8 assists for 16 points.

The Knights are 6-8 against the spread and 2-5 on the road. Vegas has scored 33 goals and allowed 39. They’re 5-9-0 on the over/under and 3-4-0 on the road. The Knights are 6-8 on the puck line and 1-7 at home. Like Toronto, Vegas came into the season at +1600 and remain there heading into this game.

Jonathan Marchessault leads the team in goals with six and points with 13 and is tied for team lead with William Karlsson in assists with 7. Shea Theodore leads the blue line with a goal and 4 assists.

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Most points through first 14 teams games in a season, @MapleLeafs defensemen:

20 – Borje Salming in 1980-81
19 – Harry Cameron in 1917-18
18 – Borje Salming in 1977-78
18 – Tomas Kaberle in 2009-10
18 – @mriles4 in 2018-19#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/sWUkPhIjSo

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 4, 2018
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Goaltending Matchup
  • For the visiting Knights, Fleury is 6-5-0-1 with a 2.51 GAA and .901 save percentage.
  • Backup Malcolm Subban is 2-0-2 with a 2.84 GAA and .881 save percentage.
  • For the Leafs, starter Freddie Andersen is 12-7-5 with a 2.28 GAA and .924 save percentage.
  • Backup Garret Sparks is 2-2-0-0 with a 3.50 GAA and .892 save percentage.
M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Knights, forward Max Pacioretty is day-to-day with a upper body injury. Pacioretty did practice over the weekend.
  • Forward Paul Stastny is out at least 2 months with a lower body injury.
  • Defenseman Nate Schmidt is suspended and eligible to return on Nov. 16.
  • For the Leafs, Matthews remains out a shoulder injury.

Prediction: Leafs 3, Knights 2 (SO)

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