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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

TeamRecordMoneyOffenseDefenseFaveDogO/U
Toronto18-10-1$409.003.543.0013-85-314-12-3
Pittsburgh16-11-3-$247.002.853.4613-93-517-12-1
Team Records
Toronto Maple Leafs
NameRecordHomeAwayFaveDogO/U
Overall18-10-19-5-09-5-112-7-16-3-014-12-3
Last 106-3-12-2-04-1-15-3-12-0-03-6-1
vs Div5-1-12-0-03-1-13-1-13-0-03-3-1
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-0
vs WEST0-00-00-00-00-00-0

Pittsburgh Penguins

NameRecordHomeAwayFaveDogO/U
Overall16-11-310-3-16-8-213-8-13-3-217-12-1
Last 106-4-04-3-02-1-05-4-01-0-06-3-1
vs Div4-2-02-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-04-2
vs EAST0-00-00-00-00-00-0
vs WEST0-00-00-00-00-00-0

NHL Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense3.4833.2724
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense3.6712.5710
Away Team Road Powerplay vs Home Team Home Penalty Kill22.861080.0016
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense3.00152.9312
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense3.50112.674
Home Team Home Power Play vs Away Team Road Penalty Kill23.33789.362
Head To Head Summary
TeamrecordO/UAVGshotspower play goalspower play percentagepenalty kill percentagepower play chances
Toronto3-6-13-6-11.9030.80410.5373.5338
Pittsburgh7-1-23-6-13.0034.50926.4789.4734

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineTotalO/Uaway shotshome shotsAway Power Play GoalsHome Power Play GoalsAway Power PlaysHome Power PlaysAway PP%Home PP%Away PK%Home PK%
Apr 8, 2017PIT3TOR5-1875.5O183011235033.366.750
Dec 17, 2016PIT1TOR2-1025.5U3449104425010075
Nov 12, 2016TOR1PIT4-2265.5U36490123033.366.7100
Dec 30, 2015TOR3PIT2-1785P3641012502080100
Oct 31, 2015PIT4TOR01345U3221103433.3010066.7
Oct 17, 2015TOR1PIT2-2515.5U2733004500100100
Nov 26, 2014TOR3PIT4-1995.5O27260133033.366.7100
Nov 14, 2014PIT2TOR11285.5U4031003600100100
Oct 11, 2014PIT5TOR21155.5O4125325560406040
Dec 16, 2013TOR1PIT3-1505.5U2631105120010080

NHL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Toronto Maple Leafs

DateOpponentscoreResultlineshotsshots againstpower playpenalty killopposing goalieLocation
Dec 6, 2017CAL2-1W-15329480/41/2Mike SmithH
Dec 2, 2017VAN1-2L-14736260/21/1Jacob MarkstromA
Nov 30, 2017EDM6-4W-11436452/22/2Laurent BrossoitA
Nov 28, 2017CAL4-1W10630200/23/3Mike SmithA
Nov 25, 2017WAS2-4L-12629210/12/3Braden HoltbyH

Pittsburgh Penguins

DateOpponentscoreResultlineshotsshots againstpower playpenalty killopposing goalieLocation
Dec 7, 2017NYI4-3W-15532262/24/4Jaroslav HalakH
Dec 5, 2017NYR3-4L-17144291/32/2Ondrej PavelecH
Dec 2, 2017BUF5-1W-22229331/64/4Chad JohnsonH
Dec 1, 2017BUF4-0W-15025340/14/4Robin LehnerA
Nov 27, 2017PHI5-4W-14052321/53/4Brian ElliottH

 

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

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