Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/23/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-106) Maple Leafs (-116)
Scotiabank Arena is the venue where Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs (19-14-4, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) will play the Carolina Hurricanes (22-12-2, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) on Monday. The Maple Leafs open this matchup at -116 while the Hurricanes are coming in at -106. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Hurricanes cover 58.8% of the time, having gone 20-14 SU. The Maple Leafs cover 50.0% of the time, going 18-18 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes come into this matchup with a record of 22 wins and 12 losses, which puts them at 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 116 goals which has them at 7th in the conference and 10th in the league. Their goal differential is +22, which puts them at 5th in the league. The Hurricanes currently have a total of 46 pts, which has them at 7th in the league and 5th in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,219 which has them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the league. As a group, Carolina currently has a total of 581 hits which means they have an average of 16.1 per contest. They currently have a total of 352 blocks for the year. The goaltender for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has totaled 1,354 minutes minding the net for the season. Mrazek is surrendering an average of 2.62 goals per game which has him ranking 12th in the Eastern Conference and 19th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this season, he has allowed 59 goals. His save % is .903 which has him ranking 20th in the Eastern Conference.
The Carolina Hurricanes will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4 - 2 defeat to the Florida Panthers in their last contest. The Hurricanes had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the loss. In this game, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 44 shots they tried. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those tries. Carolina earned 10 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 70 and the Corsi against was 26 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 72.9%. Their Fenwick was 51 while the Fenwick against sat at 21, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 70.8%. They earned 25 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 73.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 90.1 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Florida Panthers tallied 22 shots. They finished with 10 penalty mins and they earned a total of 3 power play opportunities.
The Maple Leafs are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 19 wins and 14 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they sit 8th in the East and 10th in the NHL with +10. They currently have a total of 124 goals for this year which ranks them 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has a save percentage as a team of .905 which currently has them ranked 16th in the NHL, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.1% which is good for 7th in the East. In net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.52 goals per game and that has him 10th among East goaltenders and 17th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,736 mins he's been on the ice, he has allowed 73 goals. He holds a save percentage of .919, which puts him at 7th among East goaltenders and 15th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Toronto Maple Leafs opposed the Detroit Red Wings in an outing where the Maple Leafs earned a win by a final of 4 - 1. In this game, Toronto had a 50.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 47 while their opponent had a Corsi of 46. They had a Fenwick percentage of 47.3% by earning a Fenwick of 35 and the Red Wings having earned a 39 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Toronto played and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO of 115.8 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 47.8%. The Maple Leafs converted 4 goals out of the 23 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play chances in this one and scored 1 out of those opportunities. As for their opponent, the Red Wings had 2 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Toronto gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Red Wings racked up 17 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto (-116)
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