The Toronto Maple Leafs will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in an exciting game on Saturday night. Hockey fans can expect to see a star-studded affair with big names such as Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin taking to the ice. However, the main focus of the night will be Kyle Dubas, the first-year Penguins President and GM, making a return to the rink where he previously spent five seasons as part of the Maple Leafs organization.
The Maple Leafs are favored to win this game, with odds of -130, but the betting lines have been narrowing over the past few hours. The Maple Leafs currently have a season record of 15-6-6, with an ATS record of 6-19 and an over/under record of 15-11-1.
Their last game against the Columbus Blue Jackets saw an incredible comeback in the third period. Despite being down 5-0, the Maple Leafs managed to tie the game with just 30 seconds remaining. While they ultimately lost in overtime, the team displayed resilience and determination.
The Penguins, with a current season record of 13-12-3, have been facing challenges with depth production beyond their key players. However, the team’s goalies have been performing well, contributing to their recent victories over the Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens.
In their last matchup on November 25th, the Penguins secured a win against the Maple Leafs with a late-game surge. As for the projected lineups, the Maple Leafs will see the return of Matthew Knies and Timothy Liljegren, while Martin Jones will start in goal. The Penguins will welcome back Rickard Rakell to their lineup.
Several players, including Ryan Reaves and Bryan Rust, are sidelined due to injuries. The Maple Leafs will also keep an eye out for TJ Brodie, who may return to the lineup.
Betting trends show that the Maple Leafs have a 4-6 record in their last ten games against the Penguins, while games have been trending towards higher scores. Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby has been delivering a strong performance with 17 goals and 31 points in 28 games this season.
Overall, the Maple Leafs-Penguins game promises to be an exciting and closely contested match-up, with both teams striving for a victory. With key players returning to the lineup and injuries posing challenges, it will be interesting to see how the game unfolds.