Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, 3/17/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+105) Maple Leafs (-125)
Scotiabank Arena is the site where the Toronto Maple Leafs (37-17-5) will take on the Carolina Hurricanes (41-13-5) on Thursday. The line on this contest has Carolina at +105 while Toronto is coming in at -125. The over/under is 7.
The Carolina Hurricanes will need a bounce back game after taking a 4-2 defeat against the Penguins their last time out. Carolina recorded 2 penalty mins in this matchup. In addition, they had 1 power play attempt but didn't convert it into a score. The Hurricanes didn't have a great showing offensively in the defeat. For the game, they converted 2 out of the 43 shots they put on goal.
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Carolina Hurricanes opponents have 207 power play opportunities (1st in hockey) and have a total of 22 goals in those attempts. The Hurricanes have had 1,711 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .919. Carolina has tried 1,986 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.9%. When playing at even strength, the Hurricanes have allowed the opponent to score 117 goals while scoring 154 on offense. Carolina steps onto the ice with 173 power play opportunities and they have added 43 goals during those chances, earning them a rate of 24.86%. For the current campaign, they sit with 87 points and their points percentage comes in at .737. Pertaining to their scoring capabilities, the Carolina Hurricanes have racked up 197 goals (8th in the league) this year and have surrendered 139.
The player between the pipes for this game is Frederik Andersen. Andersen has been in goal for 433 contests during his pro hockey career. He has amassed an overall mark of 256-108-50 and he was named the starter in 420 games. Opponents have been able to score 1,078 goals versus Andersen in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.59. Andersen has had 12,912 shots taken against him and has recorded 11,834 saves. His save percentage is .917 in his 24,962 minutes on the ice. Over the course of his pro career, Andersen has accrued 240 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .571.
The last time they were on the ice, Toronto faced off against the Sabres in a matchup where the Maple Leafs ended up losing by a final of 5-2. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Maple Leafs recorded 2 goals of the 36 shots on goal they attempted.
Toronto has attempted 2,042 shots (8th in professional hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.63%, while allowing the other team 1,814 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 84.24% on their oppositions 165 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 90.1%. They have earned 157 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 29.30%. The Maple Leafs have scored 171 goals at even strength and 46 goals (2nd in hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 180 goals to be scored by way of 154 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a total of 217 goals, 79 points, as well as a points percentage of .669.
On the other side of the ice you will find Petr Mrazek defending the net. He has compiled 7,217 stops out of the 7,938 shots taken, which gives him a save percentage of .909. Mrazek has a career record of 138-102-31 and has been in goal for 292 games. He was named a starter in 265 games and has been on the ice for 16,362 minutes. Mrazek's rate of quality starts is 50.2% and he has 133 quality starting assignments in his career. His opponents are averaging 2.64 goals per game and he has surrendered 721 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Toronto (-125) and under 6.5 goals
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