The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to struggle in recent weeks, as they lost two games this weekend that they once led, despite being clear favorites in both matchups. The team hopes to reverse this trend when they face the Florida Panthers this week.
The Maple Leafs are -135 favorites for this upcoming game, with slightly longer odds since last night. The obstacles facing the Maple Leafs are evident in their record, as they’ve only won five of their 19 games in regulation. Additionally, they have struggled to pull away with substantial wins, with just one win by more than one goal in the past month.
On the other hand, the Panthers have had a decent start to the 2023/24 season, overachieving their record with several tight victories. Their most recent game was a 5-0 win over the Ottawa Senators, but it was marred by an intense third-period scrum that resulted in a flurry of 177 penalty minutes.
The two teams last faced each other on October 19, with the Panthers taking the two points in a closely contested matchup. The projected lineups for both teams show the Maple Leafs making some changes with their top six, while the Panthers are expected to maintain the same lineup.
Looking at betting trends, the Maple Leafs have had a difficult time on the puckline, winning by multiple goals in only four of their 19 games this season. On the other hand, the Panthers have an even split in their last 10 games for moneyline, puckline, and goals over bets.
Players to watch include Sam Reinhart, who has been in top form, and Matthew Knies, who has been productive against the Florida teams early in his career.
In conclusion, although Toronto is favored in this matchup, betting on the Florida puckline might be a safe bet given the Maple Leafs’ recent struggles. The Maple Leafs will need to find their form quickly to break out of their current slump.