NHL: Lightning @ Maple Leafs: Preview, Odds & Picks

The NHL action continues this evening as the Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Scotiabank Arena. Both sides are hoping to cement their place in the post-season playoffs, and this promises to be an entertaining fixture between two sides at the top end of the Atlantic Division.

When: Monday 9th March

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto

How To Watch: NHL TV

NHL Odds

  Moneyline Spread
Toronto Maple Leafs +100 -1.5 (+333)
Tampa Bay Lightning -125 +1.5 (-500)

Leafs In Miserable Form

The Toronto Maple Leafs come into this fixture in the worst possible run of form. They have lost their last three, and have lost half of their last ten fixtures. The Leafs appeared to have turned a corner a few weeks back, but now they are anxiously hoping that they will be able to get over the line in their playoff aspirations. They have won just four games in their last ten, and their last three defeats have come against the San Jose Sharks, LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

Over the course of these three games, the Leafs have conceded seven goals in regulation time. Their most recent defeat came against the Ducks as the Leafs were beaten 2-1. The Ducks scored in the opening and final periods to get their two goals, while the Leafs did manage to give themselves a fighting chance by scoring in the final period. Adam Henrique and Carter Rowney scored for the Ducks, while William Nylander scored for the Leafs. They will need to play much better to get the win in this fixture.

Lightning Hoping To Bounce Back

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s hopes of finishing at the top of the Atlantic Division appear to be over as the Boston Bruins have increased their lead to six points after a win against their nearest rivals in the past week. Tampa’s form has been stuttering over their past ten games as they have lost five times and just won four. They come into this fixture having lost last time out against the Detroit Red Wings.

It was a disappointing turn of events for the Lightning as they were hoping to build on their win against the Bruins last time out. It was an entertaining game however, as the Lightning were beaten 5-4 after a dramatic shootout. The Red Wings scored in the first two periods, before scoring two further goals in the third. The Lightning scored twice in the second and third periods. Brayden Point scored twice for the Lightning, while Patrick Maroon and Carter  Verhaeghe also found the net. This will be a big test for the Lightning.

NHL Prediction

This will be a good game between two sides that are very evenly matched. The Bruins are the best side in the Eastern Conference, but both of these sides will be hopeful of getting to the conference finals in the NHL playoffs. There are too many questions surrounding the Leafs, which means the Lightning should get the win here.

Tip: Tampa Bay Lightning