Air Canada Centre is playing host an East-West matchup as the Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the visiting Nashville Predators. The action will get going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 7, and it is being shown live on Sportsnet.
Nashville Predators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Nashville is 32-19 straight up (SU) and has earned 9.2 units for moneyline bettors this season. 26 of its contests have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and none have pushed. As an away team in 2017-18, the Preds are 14-11 SU.
Nashville has converted on 23.9 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and the teams successfully killed off 82.1 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, Nashville has been whistled for penalties 4.7 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, and 3.0 per game over its last five on the road. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting a .926 save percentage and 28.6 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (27-11-3) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Peter Laviolette might roll with Juuse Saros (5-9-4 record, .927 save percentage, 2.33 goals against average).
P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Predators. Subban has 41 points on 13 goals and 28 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 10 different games. Forsberg has 16 goals and 22 assists to his credit (and has logged a point in 26 games).
On the other bench, Toronto is 31-24 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 55 regular season outings, 27 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just four have pushed. It’s 15-10 SU at home this season.
Toronto has converted on 20.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Toronto players have been called for penalties only 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 1.6 per game over their last five at home. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays just 5.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Frederik Andersen (30.8 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in goal for Toronto. Andersen has 26 wins, 19 losses, and four OT losses and has maintained a .921 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average this season.
Auston Matthews (25 goals, 18 assists) will pace the attack for the Maple Leafs.
Nashville Predators at Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over
- The total has gone under in four of Toronto’s last five games.
- Nashville has managed 32.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Toronto is averaging 39.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
- The Predators are 14-3 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 16-8 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
- Nashville is 4-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while Toronto is 4-1 in shootouts.
- Toronto has created 10.6 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 8.2 takeaways per game (ranked 10th in the league).
- Nashville has scored 3.2 goals per game overall this season, but is scoring 5.0 per match up over their three-game winning streak.
- Nashville is ranked 12th in the league this season with 7.9 takeaways per game. That figure has trended higher recently, as the team has managed 10.1 takeaways over its last 10 games and 11.2 takeaways over its last five.