Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs Predictions, NHL Picks 2/22/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+127) Maple Leafs (-140)
Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs (32-22-8, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) play the Carolina Hurricanes (34-21-4, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The Hurricanes open this contest at +127 while the Maple Leafs are priced at -140. The total opens at 6.5. The Hurricanes are covering 53.7% of the time, having gone 29-25 SU. Toronto is covering 50.8% of the time, going 31-30 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 34 victories and 21 losses, ranking them 5th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 188 goals which puts them at 9th in the conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +24, ranking them 6th in the league. The Hurricanes have a total of 72 points, which puts them at 11th in the league and 8th in the East. In discussing shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,938 which puts them at 6th in the conference and 12th in the league. As a group, Carolina has obtained a total of 940 hits which means they have an average of 15.9 per game. They have a total of 558 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has played 2,177 mins in net this year. Mrazek is giving up an average of 2.67 GAA which has him ranked 14th in the East and 23rd in the NHL among goalies. So far this year, he has allowed 97 goals. He has a save percentage of .905 which has him ranked 24th in the East.
The Carolina Hurricanes came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 1 victory over the Nashville Predators in their last game. The Hurricanes had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the win. In this game, they scored on 4 of the 30 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those opportunities. Carolina racked up 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 66 and the Corsi against was 36 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 64.7%. Their Fenwick was 49 and the Fenwick against was 27, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 64.5%. They took 18 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 52.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 105.3 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Nashville Predators tallied a total of 29 shots. They finished with a total of 6 minutes in the box and they notched 4 power play chances.
The Maple Leafs will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 32 wins and 22 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they are currently sitting 7th in the East and 9th in the NHL with +16. They have a total of 216 goals for this year which puts them at 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has a save % as a team of .899 which has them sitting 20th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.5% ranking them 5th in the conference. In net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen who is having a rough year by surrendering 2.91 GAA and that places him 22nd among East goaltenders and 41st in the NHL. In the 2,642 mins he's been on the ice this year, he has given up 128 goals. His save percentage is .908, which places him at 18th among East goaltenders and 37th in the NHL.
The Toronto Maple Leafs faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game where the Maple Leafs took the loss by a final score of 5 - 2. For this game, Toronto wound up with a 58.2% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 46 while the opposition had a Corsi of 33. They had a Fenwick percentage of 57.6% by notching a Fenwick of 38 and the Penguins having a 28 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Toronto had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO was 97.4 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 65.5%. The Maple Leafs converted 2 goals of the 36 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play chances in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Penguins had 3 power play attempts and ended up scoring 3 goals. Toronto allowed 24 shots on goal and the Penguins ended up with a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina (+127)
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