Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers Game Preview

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The BB&T Center is the site for an Atlantic Division showdown as the Toronto Maple Leafs come into town to face the Florida Panthers. Fox SportsNet Florida will air the game, and the action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 27.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers Odds

Toronto is 39-26 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 7.2 units this year. 30 of its matches have gone over the total, while another 30 have gone under and just four have pushed. The Leafs are 17-16 SU as a road team in 2017-18.

Toronto has converted on 20.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Additionally, it has the second-best penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off a whopping 83.8 percent of its penalties.

The Leafs, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.0 per game over its last ten contests. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 4.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Boasting a .922 save percentage and 31.5 saves per game, Frederik Andersen (33-21-5) has been the top option in goal for Toronto this year. Andersen did just play last night, however, so the team might choose to rest him and roll with Curtis McElhinney instead (7-4 record, .932 save percentage, 2.24 goals against average).

Mitchell Marner and Auston Matthews will both lead the way for the visiting Maple Leafs. Marner (53 points) has tallied 17 goals and 36 assists, and has recorded multiple points 12 times. Matthews has 28 goals and 22 assists to his name, and has registered at least one point in 32 games.

On the other side of the ice, Florida is 28-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.5 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 32 of its matches have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 15-12 SU at home this year.

The Panthers have converted on just 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.9 percent of all penalties.

Panthers skaters have been sent to the penalty box 4.4 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays 9.0 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

James Reimer has stopped 27.9 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Panthers. Reimer has 15 wins, 20 losses, and five OT losses and has registered a pedestrian 3.22 goals against average and a subpar .905 save percentage this year.

Aleksander Barkov (20 goals, 38 assists) will pace the attack for the home team.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Maple Leafs, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Three of Toronto’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 2-1 in those games and 6-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The over has hit in three of Florida’s last five games.