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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/18/2020 Game Analysis, NHL Predictions and Betting Picks

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02-18-2020 Game Analysis NHL Predictions and Betting Picks

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/18/2020 –The Pittsburgh Penguins’ quest for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division continues as they are scheduled to host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday for the first of a home-and-home battle. The Penguins are separated from the Washington Capitals, who just lost to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday, by just a single difference in wins and points, respectively. They are currently fourth overall in the standings holding a 36-15-6 record and looking to grab their third straight victory. The Penguins will begin their short series with the Maple Leafs as favorites at home according to the updated NHL Betting Lines, pegged at -135 to win while the visitors are given a spare value at +115 as underdogs.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/18/2020

When: Tuesday, February 18, 07:00 PM ET

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: NBC Sports Network

Stream: SofaScore

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/18/2020 Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Maple Leafs +1.5 (-200) 6.5 o (-125) +115
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+170) 6.5 u (+105) -135
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Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs logged in a below .500 tally in their last eight games, winning only three. It was a significant hit in their overall place in the Atlantic Division as the Florida Panthers are now starting to send smoke signals to snatch their playoff spot, trailing them by just two points, 70-68. Zach Hyman, though, is a bright spot amidst the struggles facing Toronto. He has not skipped a beat since the All-Star break, pouring in 12 points on six goals and six assists, with seven points (four goals, three assists) notched during his running six-game point streak. 

Players to watch: Auston Matthews (GP 60, G 42, A 29, PTS 71), Mitchell Marner (GP 49, G 15, A 45, PTS 60), William Nylander (GP 58, G 26, A 25, PTS 51).

Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby has completely gone en fuego since his return from his core muscle injury, putting the Penguins in the best position to steal the rule in the Metropolitan. The Pittsburgh star captain has collected 19 points in 12 twelve games since the surgery, accounting for six goals and 13 assists to make up the said total. The team’s outstanding power play has been on full display as well as they scored in each over the last four games, helping them improve to 11-3-1 over the last six weeks. 

Players to watch: Sidney Crosby (GP 29, G 11, A 25, PTS 36), Bryan Rust (GP 43, G 22, A 23, PTS 45), Evgeni Malkin (GP 44, G 18, A 40, PTS 58)

Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

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Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
Toronto is 5-2 in their last 7 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Maple Leafs are 5-2 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Over is 5-0 in Maple Leafs last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Under is 4-0 in Toronto’s last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.

Penguins

Penguins are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Penguins are 11-3 in their last 14 vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 3-0-2 in Penguins last 5 overall.
Under is 5-0-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Under is 3-0-1 in Penguins last 4 games as a favorite.

Maple Leafs vs Penguins Betting Picks

The Maple Leafs and the Penguins are in diverse situations: the former is trying to protect their playoff spot whilst the latter is chasing the pinnacle of a division. But coming into Tuesday’s match, they only have one goal in mind and that is to win. So expect an intense dog fight between these teams with Pittsburgh taking advantage of the home-ice advantage to score the first win of its home-and-home series before heading to Toronto on Thursday.

Score Prediction: Maple Leafs 3, Penguins 4.