Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs

 

 

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After winning the first game of the mini-series 3-1, the Edmonton Oilers hope to leave Toronto with a sweep of the Maple Leafs. The Oilers are now 2-3 on the season and hope that they can reach .500 for the first time this season. The Maple Leafs hope that the loss is an anomaly and a win against the Oilers can return the powerhouse team to their winning ways.

Oilers return to their winning ways with great defense

The Oilers suffered back-to-back losses to the Montreal Canadiens but played a great game against Toronto where they won 3-1 but showed how their defense has improved. The defense only allowed 26 shots on net and held a tough Toronto offense to only one goal. The powerplay also finally woke up in this game as Leon Draisaitl found the back of the net late to give the Oilers the lead and eventual win.

Leon Draisaitl and his Hart Trophy duo of Connor McDavid have been leading the charge for the Oilers as they are arguably two of the best players in the NHL. The Oilers scoring duo have combined for 12 points in the first five games with McDavid scoring 3 goals to lead the team. The defense is getting a surplus of production from Adam Larsson, who has 13 hits and 20 blocked shots on the season, helping out the lone goaltender Mikko Koskinen, who has started all five games for the Oilers this season.

Toronto led by top line once again

The Maple Leafs have arguably one of the best top lines in the NHL, led by Mitch Marner, John Tavares, and Auston Mathews. Despite struggling in the most recent game, the trio has been the main source of scoring this season, scoring 8 of the Leafs 15 goals and 17 points on the season.

The defense does raise some concern as they haven’t been blocking many shots or stopping the great offenses that are in the North Division. Justin Holl is playing well across the board this season, blocking 11 shots and adding 4 assist as a defenseman. The defense is getting bailed out by the strong play by their goaltender Frederik Anderson, who is only allowing 3 goals per game.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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The Maple Leafs are poised to bounce back in the second game but we can expect the Oilers to win this game and sweep the Leafs. McDavid is one of the best scorers in the game and it’s hard seeing him eliminated by a struggling Maple Leafs defense. We can expect the Oilers offense collectively to take advantage of the Toronto defense and expect skaters like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl to find the back of the net. The Oilers will also be able to hold off the top line of the Leafs with Adam Larsson continuing to get in front of the Toronto scoring chances. Expect the Oilers to pull the upset and win this game handily.

Prediction:
Oilers (+122)

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Both offenses struggled the entire game in the first of the mini-series, with only one goal in the first 40 minutes of action. However, we can expect both offenses to take off in this game. The Oilers will find plenty of goals both on the McDavid line and the Drasaitl line while both John Tavares and Auston Mathews should be able to break out of the scoring slump and score a few goals on the night. With both offenses clicking, the Over will easily cover.

Prediction:
Over 6.5