Toronto Maple Leafs at Winnipeg Jets

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The Maple Leafs and the Jets are two of the top teams in the North Division with both teams boasting 22 wins on the season. The Maple Leafs are coming off two thrilling games against the Edmonton Oilers and will be tested once again with two games against the Jets who are coming off a three-game series where they won two against the Calgary Flames. With the season entering the home stretch, these games are going to be crucial in determining which team will end up with the top record in the North Division at season’s end.

Maple Leafs are led by great play across the board

The Maple Leafs have won 22 of their 35 games this season and have proven to have one of the more complete rosters in the NHL. The defense is only allowing 2.6 goals per game despite starting goaltender Frederik Anderson struggling this season with Morgan Reilly and Jake Muzzin leading the way with 4.7 defensive point shares and 91 blocked shots. In addition to Reilly and Muzzin, the duo of Justin Holl and TJ Brodie have combined for 4.2 defensive point shares while backup goaltender Jack Campbell is allowing only 1.4 goals per game and is saving .945 percent of shots.

While the defense has played well this season, the offense has put the team over the top with a great top line. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have combined for 36 goals and 48 assists while William Nylander, Zach Hyman, and John Tavares have combined for 34 goals this season. While truly making his mark defensively, Morgan Reilly has also been able to add an offensive presence with 3 goals and 22 assists as he helps create opportunities for the top-line scorers.

Jets offense has been thriving this season

The Winnipeg Jets have surprised many this season as they look like one of the top teams in the North Division and NHL with one of the top rosters in the game. The offense has been particularly great this season, scoring 3.3 goals per game with 6 skaters scoring 10 goals or more this season. Kyle Connor has led the way with 17 goals this season while Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers have scored 15 goals each with Scheifele also adding a team-leading 28 assists to the top line.

While the offense has led the way for the Jets, the defense has put the team over the top as the improved unit has turned them into one of the more complete teams in the NHL. The pairing of Derek Forbort and Neal Pionk has combined for 3.4 defensive point shares and 138 blocked shots while Josh Morrissey and Dylan DeMelo have combined for 3.4 defensive point shares themselves. In addition, the great goaltending of Connor Hellebuyck, who has a save percentage of .918 and is allowing 2.5 goals per game has given the Jets a team with little to no weakness.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

This is going to be a great game between two evenly matched teams. However, the Jets as a home underdog should not only give great odds but be able to control the game from start to finish. The Jets should pile on the goals with their deep-scoring lineup overwhelming the Maple Leafs defense, especially on the backend. In addition, the Jets defense, which looks like one of the best in the NHL, should be able to limit Auston Matthews at the blue line and force him into difficult situations to also force the Maple Leafs to beat the jets with someone else. The Jets should win this game and give great odds in the process.

Prediction:
Jets (+120)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Both teams have great defenses that can shut out anyone in the game. While this game can be a defensive struggle and the total is high, the two teams are going to win with their offenses. The Maple Leafs’ top line should find a few goals despite the Jets defense keeping an eye out for Auston Matthews the entire game. Likewise, the Jets should be able to pile on the goals with the top line or even one of the later shifts finding scoring chances against the backend of the Maple Leafs defense. The over should be able to cover with both teams constantly finding the back of the net.

Prediction:
Over 6.5