Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Victor TrejosHockey, NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs, led by Mitchell Marner and John Tavares, are preparing to take the ice against Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena for a divisional tilt. The match will get going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 13, and you’ll be able to catch the game live on Fox Sports Sun.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

With a moneyline of -120, Tampa Bay heads into the matchup as the favorite. The line for Toronto sits at +100, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -130 for the under and +110 for the over.

Tampa Bay is 24-8 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 9.4 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked first in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 54-28 record from the 2017-18 season campaign. Through 32 regular season matches, 17 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just two have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 14-4 SU at home.

The Lightning come into the matchup with the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve converted on 29.2 percent of their extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.0 percent of all penalties.

With a .905 save percentage and 28.1 saves per game, Louis Domingue (14-4) has been the primary option in goal for Tampa Bay this season. If head coach Jon Cooper decides to give him a breather, however, the team could roll with Andrei Vasilevskiy (9-4-4 record, .927 save percentage, 2.29 goals against average).

Toronto has earned 4.9 units for moneyline bettors this season and is currently 21-10 straight up (SU). A total of 14 of its matches have gone over the total, while another 14 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. The Maple Leafs are 12-4 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Maple Leafs have converted on 25.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 14th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Frederik Andersen (30.7 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Toronto. Andersen owns a 17-8 record, while registering a .928 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average this year.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions

Free Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Lightning, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Trends

  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their last five games.
  • Toronto has managed 29.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Tampa Bay is averaging 35.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Over Toronto’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-3 in those games).
  • The Lightning this season have handed out the eighth-most hits per game in the NHL (24.7), but that average has risen to 30.0 over their past five games as the home team.