The Wells Fargo Center is the site for an Eastern Conference showdown as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Eastern PA to meet the Philadelphia Flyers. The match will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 12, and you’ll be able to catch it live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Toronto is 20-11 straight up (SU) and has earned 4.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 31 regular season matches, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Leafs are 10-6 SU as a road team in 2017-18.
Toronto has converted on 21.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and the teams successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.
The Leafs, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.6 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over its last five road outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 6.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .922 save percentage and 31.8 saves per game, Frederik Andersen (17-9-1) has been the top option in goal for Toronto this year. If head coach Mike Babcock chooses to rest him, however, Toronto could go with Curtis McElhinney (3-2 record, .925 save percentage, 2.44 goals against average).
Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Maple Leafs. Matthews has 26 points on 13 goals and 13 assists, and has recorded multiple points in eight different games. Kadri has 13 goals and 10 assists to his nameand has logged at least one point in 18 games.
Over on the other bench, Philadelphia is 11-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.6 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 29 regular season outings, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 4-10 SU at home this year.
The Flyers have converted on just 19.2 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 26th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.5 percent of all penalties.
Flyers players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five contests. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Brian Elliott has denied 28.3 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for the Flyers. Elliott has nine wins, 13 losses, and six OT losses and has recorded a pedestrian 2.79 goals against average and a .912 save percentage this season.
Jakub Voracek (seven goals, 30 assists) will pace the attack for Philly.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Over
- Philadelphia is 0-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Toronto is 2-1 in shootouts.
- The total has gone under in three of Philadelphia’s last five outings.
- Philadelphia has averaged 2.9 goals per game overall this season, but has raised it up to 4.3 per match up across its three-game win streak.