Odds Favor Maple Leafs in Showdown with Blues

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been grabbing headlines due to Morgan Rielly’s controversial cross-check on Ridly Greig. The team now faces the St. Louis Blues at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday night, where they are the healthy home favourites with a -205 moneyline. The Leafs’ recent game against the Ottawa Senators has largely been overshadowed by the Rielly incident. Despite an early lead by Auston Matthews, the Senators stormed back to win. The game’s most memorable moment came in the dying seconds when Greig scored an empty-net goal, prompting Rielly to cross-check him, setting off a scrum. The league is set to determine Rielly’s punishment in a virtual hearing scheduled for Tuesday. The loss of Rielly, the top defenseman, poses a challenge for the Leafs. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues, under new coach Drew Bannister, have been on a winning streak, including an impressive 7-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. In their last matchup, the Blues defeated the Leafs in a shootout, with Brayden Schenn securing the win. The projected lineups for both teams show some changes due to injuries and absences. Toronto’s lineup, especially their defense, is a cause for concern. St. Louis, on the other hand, is close to full strength. The Blues have had the edge in recent matchups against the Leafs, with a 7-3 record dating back to November 2017. Betting trends favor St. Louis, with a 7-3 record both straight up and on the puckline in recent games, while Toronto has struggled in decisive wins. In terms of player prop trends, Robert Thomas leads the Blues in points, while Pavel Buchnevich leads in shot volume. Auston Matthews leads the Leafs in goals and points. Overall, the absence of Rielly poses a significant challenge for Toronto, while St. Louis is riding a positive momentum.