The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey throughout March 19. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these games will be between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Nashville Predators. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Toronto has earned a record of 39-17-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Atlantic division. The Maple Leafs have won two games in a row and four of their last six. Toronto is one point out of the second spot in the division and has a four point lead on the fourth spot. The Maple Leafs will look for a big win on the road in this one.
The Predators have put up a record of 35-22-4 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Central division. Nashville is coming off a loss in their last game, but have won five of their last seven games. The Predators are tied for the third spot, but have played two extra games. Nashville will look for a big win at home in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big two points in this one. The Maple Leafs are looking to move past the Tampa Bay Lightning with another big win in this one. Nashville will look to step up early in this one as they try to get closer to clinching a playoff spot. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Toronto Maple Leafs||-1 ½ (+205)||-115||Over 6 (-115)|
|Nashville Predators||+1 ½ (-245)||+104||Under 6 (+104)|
|Team Data||Toronto Maple Leafs||Nashville Predators|
|Away/ Home Record||17-10-3||17-11-4|
|Goals Per Game||3.67||3.21|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.83||3.00|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.897||.920|
Toronto Maple Leafs
- 4-4 in March
- 10-7 on Saturday
- 18-11 in non-Conference games
- 22-9 against team with a winning record
- 5-3 in March
- 7-8 on Saturday
- 13-10 after a non-Conference game
- 11-13 in non-Conference games
- 10-9 after allowing four goals or more
- 17-8 after scoring four goals or more
- 16-15 against team with a winning record
These two teams met up once on November 16 in Toronto. Juuse Saros finished with 31 saves on 33 shots in the losing effort. David Kampf and Auston Matthews both had a goal and an assist, while Mitch Marner added a goal of his own. Jack Campbell stopped all 24 shots he faced as the Maple Leafs earned a 3-0 win at home.
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— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) March 19, 2022
The Maple Leafs have been strong on both sides of special teams throughout this season. Toronto has scored on 47 of their 160 power play chances, which is a 29.4 percent success rate. The Maple Leafs have killed off 145 of their opponents 171 power play attempts, which is an 84.8 percent penalty kill. Toronto is 1st on the power play and 5th on the kill this season.
Nashville has been solid on special teams so far this season. The Predators have capitalized on 45 of their 189 power play opportunities, which is a 23.8 percent power play. Nashville has given up 42 power play goals on 211 penalties against, which is an 80.1 percent kill rate. The Predators are 10th on the man advantage and 14th on the penalty kill.
Toronto has an edge on both sides of special teams entering this one. The Maple Leafs have been extremely dangerous on the power play and will look to take advantage against Nashville who has the most penalties against this season. The Predators will need to stay out of the box. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.
I expect Erik Kallgren to get the nod in the crease for Toronto on Saturday night. Kallgren has played in three games this season, earning a 2-0-1 record. He has posted a .963 save percentage and a GAA of 1.20 in those games. Kallgren stopped 34 of 36 shots in his last start against the Carolina Hurricanes, which was enough for the win.
Juuse Saros will likely get the start between the pipes for the Predators in this one. Saros has earned a record of 29-19-3 throughout his 51 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .923 and a GAA of 2.46 in those outings. Saros finished with 28 saves on 33 shots in his last start against the Philadelphia Flyers, which was not enough for the win.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Kallgren has stepped up in a big way since Jack Campbell went down with injury, winning his first two starts with a shutout in one of those games. If either goalie can come out fast in this one, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Kallgren has been great since stepping in for the Maple Leafs, but I think Nashville’s offense will be a tough test for him. The Predators were shut out in their first game against Toronto. If Nashville can come out faster at home, I think they can earn the upset.
BetOnline has the Maple Leafs listed as a -115 against the money line in this one. This implies that Toronto will win this game around 53.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Nashville being strong on the season and the Maple Leafs missing their starting goalie. As underdogs in this one, I really like the value on the Predators.