San Jose Sharks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Pick
This is what is usually on the other side of a six-game stay at home. A trip on the road to even things out. The Sharks went 4-2 at home before dropping their first two games on the road. They will be back in San Jose to play the Hurricanes on December 5th. After Toronto, they face the Senators on Saturday and Canadiens Sunday. Not the most fun trip, but every team has to go on them during the season.
The Sharks are still waiting for their next win in the east. We need to go back to October 9th to locate their last win, which came against the Flyers. In fact, the Sharks have won just two other road games since that 8-3 win in Philadelphia. It’s been tough for them, with 2.67 goals per game compared to the 3.42 goals per game they have allowed on the road.
For all of the talk of the Leafs’ defence being so bad this season, they are 3rd in the NHL with 2.56 goals allowed per game. All of the talk when whey signed Tavares is that it wouldn’t matter because of all the goals they will give up. They are scoring goals as well, though, with 3.52 per game for 4th in the league.
Frederik Andersen has been rock solid, posting a 2.22 GAA and 0.932 save percentage. Pekka Rinne is the clear Vezina favourite at the moment, though Andersen is in the picture and there is a long way to go this season. The Leafs have allowed just 2.15 goals per game in Toronto in 2018-19. In their last two outings, they beat the Flyers and Bruins by a combined score of 10-2. The Maple Leafs appear to have the edge in this contest on Wednesday.