The Toronto Maple Leafs (18-10-7) travel to face off against the Anaheim Ducks (13-23-0) on Wednesday, January 3rd. This game will be played at Honda Center in Anaheim. The Maple Leafs are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Ducks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Oilers. Puck drop is set for 9:00 ET.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Anaheim Ducks
The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Coming Off A Win
For the season, the Maple Leafs currently hold an overall record of 18-10-7. On the road, Toronto has gone 9-3-5 and they are 9-7-2 at home. This record has them sitting 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 6th in the Eastern conference. Toronto has nine wins by more than one goals and dropped eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 11-24 this season.
The Maple Leafs are coming off a 3-0 road win over the Kings. On offense, the Maple Leafs were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net two times in the second period and ended with one goal in the third. In the game, Toronto managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 29 shots on goal and committed 5 turnovers.
Toronto was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 3 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The Anaheim Ducks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Facing the Maple Leafs, the Ducks have a record of 13-23-0 so far. At home, their record is 6-14-0 and 7-9-0 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 7th spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 14th in the Western conference. Anaheim heads into the game with six wins by more than one goal, and lost 14 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 20-16.
Coming off a 7-2 loss at home to the Oilers, the Ducks are hoping to bounce back today. The Ducks scored one goal in the first period against the Oilers and found the net one time in the 3rd period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 30 shots on goal and had 5 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Anaheim not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
Toronto Offense Breakdown
The Maple Leafs come into the game scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, putting them 9th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 14th in the league. This season, the Maple Leafs have a 7-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 10-5 record.
So far, the Maple Leafs have an over/under record of 19-15-1. Coming into the game, they have played 20 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 7 goals per game.
Anaheim Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Ducks have an average of 2.6 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 29th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 27th in the league. In terms of the Ducks’ offense during power plays, they are 19th in power play goals and 15th in shorthanded goals.
The Ducks come in with an over/under record of 16-18-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 20 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
Toronto Team Defense
Defensively, the Maple Leafs are currently 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.7 shots per game against Toronto. They also are 6th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Anaheim Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Ducks’ defense is 25th in takeaways at 5.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 12th in the NHL.
Maple Leafs vs Ducks Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Maple Leafs offense has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Toronto posted an overall record of 5-5 while going 3-7 ATS.
- Anaheim has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-2.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Ducks have a straight up record of 1-2 and an puck line mark of 1-2.
- As the betting favorite, the Maple Leafs have an puck line mark of just 2-3 in their last five games. Toronto posted a straight up mark of 2-3 in these matchups.
To those searching for a pure moneyline wager, the Maple Leafs is the clear pick. Still, with a payout of -197, it’s worth thinking about including this bet in a parlay.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Ducks to cover. Even if the Maple Leafs secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Ducks should cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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