Maple Leafs vs. Predators Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/27/20
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Maple Leafs (-101) Predators (-121)
Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs (25-17-7, 4th in the Atlantic Division) are headed to Bridgestone Arena on Monday where they'll take on the Nashville Predators (22-18-7, 7th in the Central Division). The Maple Leafs open this game at -101 while the Predators are priced at -121. The over/under has been set at 6. The Maple Leafs are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 24-24 SU. Nashville is covering 45.7% of the time, going 21-25 straight up.
The Toronto Maple Leafs step onto the ice holding a record of 25 wins and 17 losses, which puts them at 4th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 175 goals which has them sitting at 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +14, which puts them at 9th in the NHL. The Maple Leafs have a total of 57 points, which has them sitting at 14th in the NHL and 10th in the East. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,650 which has them sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL. As a group, Toronto currently has a total of 783 hits which has them averaging 16 per game. They have a total of 523 blocks for the season. The goaltender for Toronto is Frederik Andersen from Barrie, Ontario. He is 30 years old and has racked up 2,266 mins minding the goal this season. Andersen is conceding 2.89 GAA which has him ranking 17th among East goalies and 31st in the NHL among goalies. So far this year, he has allowed 109 goals. He holds a save % of .909 which has him ranking 14th among East goalies.
The Toronto Maple Leafs had a rough game after their 6 - 2 defeat against the Chicago Blackhawks in their last contest. The Maple Leafs left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this loss. In this matchup, they scored on 2 of the 33 shots they looked to score on. They also had 2 power play attempts and scored 1 goal out of those opportunities. Toronto earned 2 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Maple Leafs was 59 and the Corsi against was 53 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 52.7%. Their Fenwick was 46 and the Fenwick against was 43, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 51.7%. They earned 24 face-off wins at even strength and lost 18 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 55.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 85.0 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Chicago Blackhawks racked up 34 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 1 power play attempt.
The Predators will be looking to add points to their total and for the year they have 22 victories and 18 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the West and 16th in the NHL with +4. They currently have a total of 155 goals for the season which is good for 5th in the Western Conference. Nashville has a save % as a team of .892 which has them ranked 27th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.7% which is good for 6th in the conference. In net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a tough season by allowing 2.95 goals per game and that has him ranked 20th among Western Conference goalies and 39th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,609 minutes he has played this year, he's surrendered 79 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .899, which has him placed 26th among Western Conference goalies and 51st among goalies in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators faced off against the Buffalo Sabres in an outing where the Predators ended up with the victory by a final score of 2 - 1. For this outing, Nashville had a 56.7% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 55 while the opposition had a Corsi of 42. Their Fenwick rate came in at 58.1% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Sabres ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Nashville played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO was 99.3 and they earned an oZS percentage of 38.2%. The Predators netted 2 goals of the 37 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those opportunities. On the other side of the ice, the Sabres had 3 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Nashville conceded 31 shots on goal and the Sabres racked up 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Toronto (-101)
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