With 16 points so far this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are tied for the most in the Eastern Conference. That’s better than the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and even the Pittsburgh Penguins, who the Leafs disposed of on Saturday night. Toronto will hope to keep their momentum going as they start a three-game road trip to the west coast in Canada. It starts with a matchup against Edmonton on Tuesday night.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs can win because…
Edmonton sucks. People who make their sports picks know that the Oilers just aren’t a good team right now. The Oilers have lost three straight entering this meeting and only have three wins in 13 games this season.
Toronto got a win on Saturday over the Penguins, who were the preseason Stanley Cup favorites. They earned that win with James Reimer in net, which means the Leafs have two stellar options to choose from between the pipes. All of the Oilers goaltenders have been pitiful this season, so the Leafs should have a huge edge in that category on Tuesday night.
The Edmonton Oilers can win because…
They’ve showed some signs of life. Bettors probably won’t be adding the Oilers to their NHL picks anytime soon but it’s worth noting that the Oilers did win in Ottawa and Montreal last week and lost in a shootout to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. That makes them 2-2-1 in their last five, which isn’t great, but it’s better than the 1-6-1 that they started with. Edmonton has found a way to be more competitive over the last week and that should carryover to Tuesday’s affair.
Outlook & Pick
Not only are the Oilers slumping – again – they are also shorthanded. There’s still no Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner, which takes a bite out of their offense. Combined with the fact that they’ve had a tough time stopping opponents from scoring makes the Leafs a good value play on the NHL odds.
NHL Pick: Maple Leafs -105 at Bovada