Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews, and the Toronto Maple Leafs will do battle against Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center for an Atlantic Division showdown. The match will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, and it will be broadcasted live on Fox SportsNet Florida.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers Odds
The Maple Leafs (-115) are being chosen as the favorites over the Panthers (-105) and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 7 goals (-105 over, -115 under).
Florida is 33-30 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Atlantic Division so far this season, is a welcomed improvement compared to how the team performed during the 2018-19 season (36-46). Through 63 regular season outings, 37 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 16-14 SU at home this season.
The Panthers have been able to convert on 22.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 78.0 percent of all penalties.
Boasting a .900 save percentage and 27.1 saves per game, Sergei Bobrovsky (24-24-5) has been the best option in goal for the Panthers this year. If head coach Joel Quenneville chooses to rest him, however, Florida might turn to Sam Montembeault (5-8-8 record, .890 save percentage, 3.37 goals against average).
Toronto has lost 9.7 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 33-31 straight up (SU). Through 64 regular season matches, 36 of its games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. As a road team, the Maple Leafs are 17-15 SU.
The Maple Leafs currently have the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve found the net on 24.2 percent of their extra-man opportunities this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 26th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Frederik Andersen (27.6 saves per game) has been the main choice in the net for Toronto. Andersen has 26 wins, 22 losses, and six OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .906 save percentage and 2.98 goals against average this year.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Under
- The Panthers are 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Maple Leafs are 1-4 in shootouts.
- For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
- Two clubs that put the puck on net a lot, Toronto has taken the league’s seventh-most shots on goal (33.0) while Florida has attempted the 10th-most (32.4). The Leafs have averaged 27.0 shot attempts over their last five road games and the Panthers have taken 29.6 shots over their last five home outings.
- Toronto skaters notched 18.8 hits per game last season, while the Panthers posted 23.2 hits per contest.