Two of hockey’s Original Six franchises face-off Wednesday evening in Chicago as the Maple Leafs pay a visit to the Blackhawks.
It has been a tumultuous week within both camps, and all of the losses aren’t helping much either. Toronto looks abysmal once again, getting soundly outplayed in recent games, and showing all of the bad habits that plagued their playoff defeat last spring. Jack Campbell hasn’t been all that great in goal, while their ‘Big 4’ of Willy Nylander, Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, and John Tavares have wildly underperformed to date.
For Chicago, despite a ton of off-season changes the Blackhawks aren’t better off for it. Marc-Andre Fleury has struggled badly between the pipes, while high-priced defenseman Seth Jones has faltered in his new setting. Chicago doesn’t score enough and cannot keep pucks out right now, a bad combination. Complicating issues is the fact that longtime GM Stan Bowman stepped aside yesterday following his involvement in sexual assault allegations.
It certainly has been a tough week in both Toronto and Chicago, and both squads enter Wednesday night desperately needing a victory. 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 Wednesday evening winner. Enjoy the Original Six showdown between Toronto and Chicago!
— David Alter (@dalter) October 26, 2021
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks Live Odds & Betting History
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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks Prediction
Both of these teams were supposed to be vastly improved entering the season, but that hasn’t materialized at all.
Chicago and Toronto are both struggling mightily right now. They concede far too many chances, and despite their gifted offensive talents – can’t keep the puck out. All of that has the makings for a pretty exciting game from two desperate clubs on Wednesday evening.
Right now the betting line for the Leafs is laughably high. This remains a club that has continually shown they’re not fully committed in doing the little things that help teams win hockey teams. Their blue-line is slow and indecisive, and if you shut down their top guys – the depth options aren’t inspiring.
Expect Chicago’s speedy forward group to enter this game hungry and pounce on Toronto’s fading defensive unit. Though the Blackhawks are enduring a bit of a COVID scare at the moment, with close contacts and tracing – early reports indicate that much of this remains precautionary.
Look for Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton to really utilize his last change to allow for Jonathan Toews to go against Toronto’s top line, freeing Patrick Kane and Alex Debrincat to feast on the Leafs’ lesser talents.
Jack Campbell will go for the Leafs, fresh off another disappointing outing where he was the clear second-best netminder to old teammate Freddie Andersen. Meanwhile, it’s going to likely be Marc-Andre Fleury for Chicago. Despite a tough start for the man dubbed as ‘Flower’ the veteran goaltender has had some time off and is capable of turning in a stellar showing.
Blackhawks currently in COVID-19 protocol:
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 26, 2021
Leafs vs. Blackhawks Trends To Know:
- Maple Leafs are 8-20 in their last 28 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Maple Leafs are 2-6 in their last 8 games as a road favorite of -151 to -200.
- Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Maple Leafs are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago.
- Maple Leafs are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings vs. Chicago
With the Blackhawks’ COVID issues seemingly being precautionary, there is outstanding value currently on Chicago at this price point. The Blackhawks should wear down the Leafs’ defense, and once adversity creeps in yet again for this Toronto team – the roster tends to crumble. This hasn’t traditionally been a favourable spot for the Leafs, and expect Chicago to add to their misery yet again on Wednesday night.