Two former Toronto Maple Leafs players are set to face off against their former team at Scotiabank Arena tonight as the Nashville Predators take on the Leafs in an NHL contest. Ryan O’Reilly and Luke Schenn, who were instrumental in Toronto’s first-round victory over Tampa Bay, joined the Predators in the summer to provide veteran leadership for a rebuilding team. However, tonight’s game is all about trying to steal two points from their former colleagues.
The Maple Leafs are the home favorites with -160 odds on the moneyline. The last time these two teams met was on October 28th, with the Predators ultimately defeating the Leafs in overtime. In the meantime, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been facing a string of single-goal games, with the hopes of tying the 23/24 edition of the Battle of Ontario.
The Predators, on the other hand, have seen a sudden surge in performance, winning six games in a row in mid-late November and are currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak. They have been led by Filip Forsberg, who has had a resurgence with 30 points through 26 games, with contributions spread throughout the lineup.
In terms of betting trends, according to Scores and Odds, 86% of the bets and 93% of the money on the major books tonight are going towards Nashville. With Toronto currently struggling in a favorite position, many bettors are opting to put their money on Nashville, which has been performing well recently.
In terms of player prop trends, Filip Forsberg has been leading the Predators in both goals and points over the last ten games. On the other hand, the Leafs have been lacking in offensive performance, with Mitch Marner being the only player with a point per game in their last five.
In terms of wagers to consider, betting on Nashville on the puck line until the Leafs prove otherwise might be a sensible choice. Additionally, considering a same game parlay with Nashville winning on the moneyline and Forsberg and O’Reilly picking up points could be a strategy. Overall, the Predators seem to be the safer bet based on recent performance.