Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes 12/18/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/17/2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
PNC Arena in Raleigh
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will visit the PNC Arena on Thursday and take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Maple Leafs come into the game with a 19-9-3 record for 41 points. Toronto ranks 4th in the Atlantic Division and 6th in the Eastern Conference. For Carolina, they are at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division with an 8-19-3 record. The Hurricanes’ 19 points have them tied with Edmonton for worst in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes are 28th in scoring with just 2.1 goals per game. The leading scorer for the Hurricanes has been Justin Faulk. The defenseman has 12 assists and 5 goals. The top goal scorer for Carolina is Jiri Tlusty with 10 goals. Carolina is coming off a 4-1 defeat on Tuesday to Montreal. In the loss, the Hurricanes saw Victor Rask score his 5th of the season. The Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward's goals against average is 2.46 on the season.
Toronto is coming off an impressive 6-2 win over Anaheim on Tuesday. In the win for the Maple Leafs, they used four third period goals to seal the deal. The Maple Leafs saw Phil Kessel score two goals and add an assist, while Jonathan Bernier came away with 40 saves. Bernier is the top goaltender, allowing 2.55 goals per game. The Maple Leafs are the top scoring team in the NHL with 3.4 goals per game.
Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Trends
Toronto Maple Leafs are 19-12-0 Against the Spread
Toronto Maple Leafs are 18-13-0 against the Over/Under
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Trends
Carolina Hurricanes are 8-22-0 Against the Spread
Carolina Hurricanes are 10-16-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Maple Leafs
12/08/14 C Leo Komarov Concussion out indefinitely
11/22/14 D Roman Polak Knee out indefinitely
11/06/14 RW Carter Ashton Suspension expected to miss 20 games; eligible to return Dec 20 vs Philadelphia
12/17/14 LW Jiri Tlusty Upper Body is downgraded to expected to miss Thursday vs. Toronto
12/16/14 D John-Michael Liles Upper Body "?" Thursday vs Toronto
12/15/14 C Andrej Nestrasil Upper Body out indefinitely
12/10/14 RW Alexander Semin Lower Body out indefinitely
11/07/14 C Jordan Staal Fibula out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina
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