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Pens Host the Maple Leafs in NHL Action

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in Saturday NHL action.  The battle will commence at PPG Paints Arena at 7 pm EST. NHL Network will have all the coverage.

Oddsmakers opened the Penguins as -121-moneyline favorites versus the Maple Leafs, while the game’s total opened at 6.

Sidney Crosby has been the face of the NHL for this generation. The 30-year old Penguins star will again get to see one of the NHL’s brightest young players tonight. The Maple Leaf’s Auston Mathews is only 20 years old and in his 2nd NHL season.  Mathews leads Toronto with 26 points. That includes 13 goals.

The Pens have held Mathews pointless in their first two matchups in his rookie season, but had a goal and an assist to clinch the Maple Leafs playoff berth. It was the teams first sine the 2012-13 season.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 4-3 winner at home against the New York Islanders. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -155 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Pens are winners of five of its past six

In their last action, Toronto was a 2-1 winner at home against the Calgary Flames. Bettors on Toronto at -153 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Maple Leafs won two of three against the Penguins last season. Going into their first meeting of this season, Toronto has a two-point edge in the Eastern Conference over Pittsburgh.  The Maple Leaf’s are 4-2-0 in its past six games.

The Maple Leafs rely heavily on speed. That is something that could be a form of emulation of the Penguins. The Pens have used speed for much of their success.

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Recent Form

Team Record Money Offense Defense Fave Dog O/U
Toronto 18-10-1 $409.00 3.54 3.00 13-8 5-3 14-12-3
Pittsburgh 16-11-3 -$247.00 2.85 3.46 13-9 3-5 17-12-1
Team Records
Toronto Maple Leafs
Name Record Home Away Fave Dog O/U
Overall 18-10-1 9-5-0 9-5-1 12-7-1 6-3-0 14-12-3
Last 10 6-3-1 2-2-0 4-1-1 5-3-1 2-0-0 3-6-1
vs Div 5-1-1 2-0-0 3-1-1 3-1-1 3-0-0 3-3-1
vs EAST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs WEST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Pittsburgh Penguins

Name Record Home Away Fave Dog O/U
Overall 16-11-3 10-3-1 6-8-2 13-8-1 3-3-2 17-12-1
Last 10 6-4-0 4-3-0 2-1-0 5-4-0 1-0-0 6-3-1
vs Div 4-2-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 3-2-0 1-0-0 4-2
vs EAST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs WEST 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

NHL Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 3.48 3 3.27 24
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 3.67 1 2.57 10
Away Team Road Powerplay vs Home Team Home Penalty Kill 22.86 10 80.00 16
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 3.00 15 2.93 12
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 3.50 11 2.67 4
Home Team Home Power Play vs Away Team Road Penalty Kill 23.33 7 89.36 2
Head To Head Summary
Team record O/U AVG shots power play goals power play percentage penalty kill percentage power play chances
Toronto 3-6-1 3-6-1 1.90 30.80 4 10.53 73.53 38
Pittsburgh 7-1-2 3-6-1 3.00 34.50 9 26.47 89.47 34

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line Total O/U away shots home shots Away Power Play Goals Home Power Play Goals Away Power Plays Home Power Plays Away PP% Home PP% Away PK% Home PK%
Apr 8, 2017 PIT 3 TOR 5 -187 5.5 O 18 30 1 1 2 3 50 33.3 66.7 50
Dec 17, 2016 PIT 1 TOR 2 -102 5.5 U 34 49 1 0 4 4 25 0 100 75
Nov 12, 2016 TOR 1 PIT 4 -226 5.5 U 36 49 0 1 2 3 0 33.3 66.7 100
Dec 30, 2015 TOR 3 PIT 2 -178 5 P 36 41 0 1 2 5 0 20 80 100
Oct 31, 2015 PIT 4 TOR 0 134 5 U 32 21 1 0 3 4 33.3 0 100 66.7
Oct 17, 2015 TOR 1 PIT 2 -251 5.5 U 27 33 0 0 4 5 0 0 100 100
Nov 26, 2014 TOR 3 PIT 4 -199 5.5 O 27 26 0 1 3 3 0 33.3 66.7 100
Nov 14, 2014 PIT 2 TOR 1 128 5.5 U 40 31 0 0 3 6 0 0 100 100
Oct 11, 2014 PIT 5 TOR 2 115 5.5 O 41 25 3 2 5 5 60 40 60 40
Dec 16, 2013 TOR 1 PIT 3 -150 5.5 U 26 31 1 0 5 1 20 0 100 80

NHL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Dec 6, 2017 CAL 2-1 W -153 29 48 0/4 1/2 Mike Smith H
Dec 2, 2017 VAN 1-2 L -147 36 26 0/2 1/1 Jacob Markstrom A
Nov 30, 2017 EDM 6-4 W -114 36 45 2/2 2/2 Laurent Brossoit A
Nov 28, 2017 CAL 4-1 W 106 30 20 0/2 3/3 Mike Smith A
Nov 25, 2017 WAS 2-4 L -126 29 21 0/1 2/3 Braden Holtby H

Pittsburgh Penguins

Date Opponent score Result line shots shots against power play penalty kill opposing goalie Location
Dec 7, 2017 NYI 4-3 W -155 32 26 2/2 4/4 Jaroslav Halak H
Dec 5, 2017 NYR 3-4 L -171 44 29 1/3 2/2 Ondrej Pavelec H
Dec 2, 2017 BUF 5-1 W -222 29 33 1/6 4/4 Chad Johnson H
Dec 1, 2017 BUF 4-0 W -150 25 34 0/1 4/4 Robin Lehner A
Nov 27, 2017 PHI 5-4 W -140 52 32 1/5 3/4 Brian Elliott H

 

Next up:
Toronto home to Edmonton Sunday, December 10
Pittsburgh home to Colorado Monday, December 11

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