Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick
Mike Babcock is looking for the right fix right now with Nylander back on the ice. It’s not a bad problem to have if you’re the Maple Leafs. There is a lot of talent on the roster, they just have to establish what lines work best together. Chemistry will be an issue in the immediate, but that all should ultimately work out. The question is whether they will look the part tonight.
Coming into tonight, the Leafs dropped a 5-4 decision to the Red Wings in a shootout and then were tripped up by the Bruins in Boston by a score of 6-3. The most discouraging results of those games was the defensive effort by the Leafs.
The Wings and Bruins do not have elite offences, so it wasn’t the best look for a Toronto defensive unit who have been decent. At the least, they’ve been much better than people expected. The Leafs are 9th in the NHL with 2.8 goals allowed per game. Again, better than the doomsday scenario people were talking about in the offseason.
The goals will be there for Toronto, there isn’t much debating that aspect of this team. They trail the Lightning in that department, but are 2nd in the league with 3.63 goals per game. The road hasn’t scared them much, as that number increases to 4.07 goals per game when they are playing away from Scotiabank.
The Hurricanes have scored an average of 2.86 goals per in Raleigh. They will likely come at Andersen, though, as the Canes have hit the net on average 38.7 times per game. It hasn’t translated into goals, though, as overall on the season they are 29th with just 2.5 goals per game. I’m on the Maple Leafs snap out of it and get their first win with Nylander in the lineup.