Another exciting all-Canadian showdown will go down from Toronto, Ontario as Monday evening as the Maple Leafs host a banged-up Winnipeg Jets squad.
Winnipeg is currently behind most squads in terms of games played at the moment, entering only with one match so far. While they’ll certainly be rested against a Toronto team playing it’s fourth game in six nights – they do have some rumoured injuries to contend with. Dylan DeMelo and Tucker Poolman didn’t make the trip, while star sniper Patrik Laine is likely out against the Leafs.
For Toronto, it will be interesting to see what kind of legs they come out with on Monday evening. It’s a condensed schedule, but as they look to play their fourth game of the year in such a short time period, you have to wonder about the legs on some of their verteran pieces. It’s believed the Leafs will also be going with a shorter bench up front, relying on 11 forwards and 7 defenseman, as highly touted European free agent signing Mikko Lehtonen makes his NHL debut.
The goaltending matchup is slated to be Connor Hellebuyck taking on the struggling Leafs netminder Frederik Andersen.
For added detailed team news, as well as a full betting breakdown and winning wager, continue reading beneath the posted odds for our take on the Leafs and Jets come Monday evening. With all of the offensive firepower on display, it promises to be a thrilling affair!
Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Odds:
Winnipeg Jets (+155)
@ Toronto Maple Leafs (-175)
Over 6.5 (-110)
Under 6.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Pick:
While it is good to make pre-season ratings and predictions, they need to be adapted given the ongoings of the current season. Monday’s betting line in this Leafs/Jets game is a sign of the market not yet catching up to some glaring warning signs from the Toronto Maple Leafs. While they enter as rightful favourites vs. a pesky Jets group, a lofty -175 price tag given their current form is comical.
Toronto is still showing some pretty evident signs of softness around their own goal, and lackadaisical play when they don’t have the puck. They were embarrassed by Ottawa on Friday night in both areas, and squeaked by the lowly Sens the next night. Their offense is generating chances, but the quality hasn’t been there either. And perhaps the biggest issue of all? The play of goaltender Frederik Andersen. The big Danish netminder let in 4 routine goals against Montreal, and followed that up by letting in some howlers against the Sens on Friday night. Andersen has traditionally started seasons slowly, and remains an excellent fade until he convinces bettors otherwise.
Opposing him is one of the league’s best goalies in Connor Hellebuyck. The American netminder has a knack of always giving his Jets a chance to win, and with a depleted lineup, expect him to be up for the tall task of shutting down the high-octane Leafs.
Though the Jets will be without Patrik Laine up front, they still possess a ton of skill throughout their lineup, and should be able to generate some chances if they gain possession in the Leafs’ zone. The big bodies of Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele should cause issues along the boards for a Leafs’ defense that many say still lacks physicality, while Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor are more than capable of matching the output of Toronto’s skilled attackers.
Winnipeg dominated Calgary on opening night, easily controlling 5v5 play and the expected goal share. Though they have holes on defense, Connor Hellebuyck gives them a chance to win every night, thus making their +155 price-tag some great value. Add in the fact that the skilled shooters of the Jets get to shoot on one of the sport’s coldest goalies right now in Andersen, and Winnipeg is a very live underdog at a big price come Monday night. Look for the Jets to win a high-scoring one in Toronto.