Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to win. Toronto won its second straight with a 4-0 victory over Edmonton in the first of two consecutive games against the Oilers. Toronto has won five of the last six and the Maple Leafs are pulling away in the North division with a record of 16-4-2 and 34 points. Toronto is six points clear of second-place Edmonton. The Maple Leafs are playing exceptionally well on both ends of the ice averaging 3.55 goals per game and allowing only an average of 2.50 calls per game.

Edmonton’s 5-game winning streak was snapped with its loss to Toronto on Saturday, but the Oilers are 14-9-0 with 28 points and in second place one point ahead of third-place Winnipeg and six points behind Toronto. Edmonton has won eight of the last 10 and the Oilers are one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL averaging 3.43 goals per game, but the blue line and goaltending has been suspect as Edmonton is allowing an average of 3.00 goals per game.

Toronto Unstoppable to start the season

Toronto has won 16 of its first 22 games of the regular season and are six points clear of second-place Edmonton in the North division and overall the Maple Leafs are five points clear of their nearest competitors Tampa Bay and Florida. Toronto’s offense is generating plenty of goals and Auston Matthews is the leading goal scorer for Toronto with 18. Matthews leads all other goal scorers in the NHL by four goals. Mitch Marner is the leader in assists for Toronto with 22 and is also the overall points leader for the Maple Leafs with 32. The Toronto power play scores 32.4% of time with the man advantage.

Toronto’s blue line and goaltending is holding its own as well. Frederik Andersen is 11-3-2 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Andersen is questionable for Monday’s game with Edmonton. Backup Jack Campbell has not seen much action but is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .951 save percentage. Campbell has one shutout in three appearances for Toronto. The penalty kill unit for Toronto has been effective 79.4% of the time when shorthanded.

Injury Report: Frederik Andersen and Austin Matthews are both questionable for Monday, while Wayne Simmons is out until late March.

Edmonton Scoring in Big Numbers

Edmonton is scoring an average of 3.43 goals-per-game led by Connor McDavid with 14 goals, Leon Draisaitl has scored 10 goals and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has scored nine. McDavid is the assists leader with 26, while Draisaitl is close behind with 24 and overall McDavid is the leader in points with 40. The Oilers have been very strong on the power play scoring 22 goals led by McDavid with six goals. Edmonton’s power-play is scoring 27.2% of the time.

While Edmonton is scoring plenty of goals, its blue line and goaltenders are giving up too many at 3.00 per game. Mikko Koskinen is 7-8-0 with a 3.26 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Backup Mike Smith is 6-1-0 with a 2.04 goals against average and .934 save percentage. Smith has two shutouts in eight appearances. The Oilers penalty kill unit is killing off penalties at a rate of 77.5%.

Injury Report: James Neal is questionable for Monday, Zach Kassian and William Lagesson are out indefinitely, while Oscor Klefbom and Slater Koekkoek are out for the season

The Bottom Line
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Simply put, Toronto is playing better than any other team in the NHL. Toronto has 34 points and its closest competitors are Tampa Bay and Florida with 29 points apiece. Toronto has won seven of the last eight when playing on the road and five of the last six overall. Toronto’s Auston Matthews is leading the NHL in goals scored with 18, which is four more than any other player in the league. Head to Head Toronto has won 21 of the last 29 against Edmonton and six of the last 7 played on Edmonton’s home ice. Edmonton has an excellent scoring attack led by Connor McDavid with 14 goals, but the Oilers are giving up far too much in their own zone allowing an average of 3.00 goals per game while Toronto is allowing only 2.50 goals per game.

Prediction:
Toronto Maple Leafs -115

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Toronto’s blue line and goaltending are limiting opponents to 2.50 goals per game and has resulted in the total finishing under in eight of the Maple Leafs last 11 games and in six of the last eight games Toronto has played on one days rest. Toronto opened this series with a 4-0 shutout victory over Edmonton. The total has finished under in 7 Edmonton’s last at 10

Prediction:
UNDER 6.5