A couple of weeks in and disaster has struck yet again for the much-maligned Maple Leafs. After this talented group soundly embarrassed themselves last spring in the post-season, a couple of brutal losses in a row have many wondering if this group is even playoff-bound.
Monday’s encounter is already venturing into ‘must-win’ territory and you better believe the drama will be high in Raleigh, North Carolina as the Leafs take on the undefeated Carolina Hurricanes, and former goalie Frederik Andersen.
The Leafs deemed Andersen not worthy of re-signing after a couple of down seasons for the Danish goaltender, and instead pivoted to a tandem of Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek between the pipes. Long story short, Andersen has thrived, and the Leafs’ goaltending is already showing signs of crumbling in the early going.
While Toronto is getting chances, they enter with a dismal 2-3-1 record, and the 4-0-0 Hurricanes won’t show them any mercy. For added insight, betting news, trends and analysis – keep on reading beneath the current odds as we look to improve our stellar hockey record with a Monday evening winner. Enjoy the Leafs vs. Canes, folks!
— Mike Zeisberger (@Zeisberger) October 24, 2021
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes Live Odds & Betting History
*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag
|Goals Per Game||2.0||4.5|
|Goals Against Per Game||3.8||1.75|
|Shots On Goal Per Game||35.2||34.7|
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes Prediction
Though the Leafs might be generating shots and boast solid shooting metrics at even strength, the same issues that plagued this team last season are starting to re-appear once again.
This is a group that can’t thrive in the gritty areas of the ice, and one that hasn’t been clinical enough when operating on the powerplay. Despite all of their perceived talent, the Leafs aren’t putting the puck in the net at a rate that aligns with their roster. It won’t get any easier Monday night as they go against a stingy Hurricanes team, and one that doesn’t give up very much. Carolina will be going with old Leafs’ netminder Freddie Andersen in goal, and he’s been elite so far in his new setting.
Expect the suffocating system of the Canes to again wear down a top-heavy Leafs team. With last change due to playing at home, look for Carolina bench boss Rod Brind’Amour to be able to control the matchup and ensure he has his top defensive unit out against the Leafs’ top line of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Though that duo has been silent to start the season, the Canes will be weary of a breakout and should be able to stick Jaccob Slavvin on that tandem to limit their scoring chances against.
When Carolina goes to the attack, look for their all-Finnish unit of Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi to really wear down the Leafs’ blue-line. It’s a unit that has potential, but one that really hasn’t played up to par thus far. Justin Holl and Jake Muzzin look slow and beat-up, and their third-defensive pairing of youngsters isn’t ready for the bright lights.
With the Leafs not playing well and the pressure mounting heavily, a rigidly organized and deep Carolina side has the potential to really add to their woes come Monday night. With an in-form Andersen, this showdown has the potential for an intriguing night on the ice.
So does Frederik Andersen shutout his former team on Monday night? pic.twitter.com/N07GpJS56X
— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) October 24, 2021
Maple Leafs vs. Hurricanes Trends To Know:
- Toronto are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games on the road.
- Toronto are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.
- Carolina are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina’s last 6 games at home.
Despite the fact that this line has currently opened at a pick’em price, it’s a tad confusing given how awful the Leafs have played of late. While their tough shooting percentage is bound to eventually regress, a defensively sound Hurricanes’ unit can keep the Leafs to the outside and should be able to pounce on their weakened defense corps.