Toronto Maple Leafs at Minnesota Wild 1/2/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 1/1/2015
Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will make a trip south to take on the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. The Maple Leafs are sixth in the Eastern Conference with 45 points. Toronto has gone 5-5 in their last 10 games overall. Most recently, Toronto downed Boston in overtime. For Minnesota, they are 17-14-4, for 38 points. The Wild have nine teams above them in the Eastern Conference standings. Minnesota dropped a 3-1 affair to Columbus on Wednesday.
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The Minnesota Wild scored the first goal of the game; as Zach Parise notched his 14th of the season, on the power play. Following that, the Wild couldn't find the net. Minnesota's top scorer is Perise, as he now has 14 goals and 14 assists on the season. The Wild, as a team are scoring 2.9 goals per game, and allowing 2.8. Minnesota is scoring on just 13.9% of their power play opportunities, which ranks 26th in the league.
For Toronto, they are the top scoring team in the league. The Maple Leafs are scoring 3.3 goals per game. The top scorer for Toronto has been Phil Kessel, with 17 goals and 22 assists. Toronto is allowing 3.0 goals per game, which ranks 25th in the league. The Maple Leafs trailed 2-0 on Wednesday before seeing Ryan Callahan and Vallteri Flippula tie it up. Steven Stamkos added his 20th goal later in the game to win it.
Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Trends
Toronto Maple Leafs are 21-17-0 Against the Spread
Toronto Maple Leafs are 21-17-0 against the Over/Under
Minnesota Wild Betting Trends
Minnesota Wild are 17-18-0 Against the Spread
Minnesota Wild are 14-16-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Maple Leafs
12/31/14 LW Richard Panik Head "?" Friday vs Minnesota
12/31/14 LW Joffrey Lupul Lower Body injured last game, doubtful Friday vs Minnesota
01/01/15 C Peter Holland Undisclosed doubtful Friday vs. Minnesota
12/31/14 LW Jason Zucker Flu "?" Friday vs Toronto
12/31/14 D Jonas Brodin Upper Body "?" Friday vs Toronto
12/28/14 C Mikael Granlund Wrist expected to miss 1 month
12/17/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
12/10/14 D Keith Ballard Concussion out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Toronto
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