Toronto Shifting Gears: Make Maple Leafs the NHL Pick vs. Cannes'

SBR Staff

Friday, November 20, 2015 1:14 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 1:14 PM GMT

The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing better these days and they come in off a nice 5-1 home win over Colorado, which was their 4th win in their last five games. Are they our NHL pick?

Leafs Rout Avs For 4th Win In Five Games
Don’t look now but the Toronto Maple Leafs are no longer playing like the worst team in the league as they come in having won five of their last six games, which includes a 5-1 rout of Colorado on Tuesday night. The Leafs got off to the quick start as Leo Kamarov scored just 3;21 into the game and after that it was P.A Parenteau that scored to give the Leafs the 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. They were really never challenged the rest of the way. Parenteau also added a goal in the third period and now has six goals for the year.

The special teams were really key in this win for Toronto as they scored on four power plays and they also had a shorthanded goal as well. Toronto is now 13th in the league on the power play and 19th in penalty kill. James Reimer picked up the win in the game and he is now 6-5 with a 2.19 GAA on the year. He should get the start here as well and is 4-4 with a 2.42 GAA vs Carolina in his career. Toronto ranks 23rd in scoring (2.4 gpg) and 19th in goals allowed (2.7 gpg).

 

Offense Is Faltering For Carolina
The Carolina Hurricanes are in a slump right now as they have lost six of their last seven games and most of the problem is that their offense has really become stagnant. Overall the Hurricanes are now 28th in the league in scoring at 1.9 gpg, while in their last six games they have averaged just 1.67 gpg. On Monday night they took a 4-1 home loss to Anaheim and scoring the lone goal for the Canes was Noah Hanafin, which was his first goal of the year.

Taking the loss for the Canes was Eddie Lack, who is now just 1-4 with a 3.37 GAA on the year. Cam Ward should be back in goal and he has struggled as well this year as he is 5-8 with a 2.52 GAA on the year. In his last five starts he is 1-5 and has allowed 15 goals in those games. He is also 16-11 with a 2.66 GAA vs the Maple Leafs in his career. Carolina is 23rd in the league in goals allowed (2.9 gpg), despite the fact that they are 1st in the league in shots allowed (24.6 spg).  

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Trends

Toronto is:

13-38 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference

11-47 in their last 58 road games

Carolina is:

8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400

5-0 in their last five games following a home loss of 3 or more goals

The Carolina Hurricanes are not playing well right now, while the Toronto Maple Leafs are. I do not see that changing tonight even though Carolina has won the six games played here between these teams and 19 of the last 26 overall meetings. Toronto is not a great road team, but this night will belong to the Leafs as your NHL pick.

NHL Pick: Maple Leafs +120 at 5Dimes

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