Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs Free Pick

Two of the NHL’s most-lethal teams on the power play, the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet at Air Canada Centre in an East-West matchup. The match gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 31, and it’s being televised live on CBC Sports.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Odds

Toronto is 47-31 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Atlantic Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from last years regular season campaign. Of the teams 78 games this season, 40 have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just four have pushed. The teams 27-11 SU at home this season.

The Maple Leafs currently tout the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as the team has scored on 23.7 percent of their extra-man chances this year. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.

As a team, the Maple Leafs have been called for penalties just 3.2 times per game overall this season, and 1.6 per game over their last five games home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.

Sporting a .917 save percentage and 30.6 saves per game, Frederik Andersen (39-25-5) has been the top goalkeeper for Toronto this year. Andersen did just play last night, however, so the team may decide to rest him and instead turn to Curtis McElhinney (10-6-6 record, .935 save percentage, 2.09 goals against average).

Mitchell Marner and William Nylander will each spearhead the attack for the Maple Leafs. Marner (69 points) has tallied 22 goals and 47 assists and has recorded two or more points in 17 different games this year. Nylander has 17 goals and 39 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 42 contests.

Winnipeg is 47-30 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 11.9 units this season. A total of 39 of its contests have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the visiting team, the Jets are 17-21 SU.

The Jets have scored on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the top-five among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all opponent power plays.

Winnipeg’s players have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, 3.4 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.6 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Connor Hellebuyck (28.1 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Winnipeg. Hellebuyck owns a 40-23-9 record, and has registered a .923 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average this year.

Blake Wheeler (20 goals, 66 assists) has been one of the top offensive playmakers for the visiting Jets.

Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-0 in those games and 4-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The total has gone over in four of Toronto’s last five outings.
  • Winnipeg has managed 29.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Toronto has been attempting 37.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Four of Toronto’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 4-0 overall in those games.