The Toronto Maple Leafs (10-5-2) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (5-12-0) on Friday, November 24th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. The Maple Leafs are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blackhawks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Blue Jackets. Puck drop is set for 2:00 ET.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago Blackhawks
The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Maple Leafs have an overall record of 10-5-2. Currently, they are 5-1-2 on the road, and carry a two game road win streak into the game. At the moment, they hold the 4th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 6th in the Eastern conference. Toronto heads into the game with four wins by more than one goal, and lost five games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 4-13.
The Maple Leafs recently played against the Wild and secured a win with a score of 4-3. Against the Wild, the Maple Leafs scored two goals in the first period and one time in the 3rd period. Toronto’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 4 goals. Their offensive performance came with 25 shots on goal and four giveaways.
Although Toronto secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Blackhawks have a mark of 5-12-0. When going on the road, Chicago has a record of 4-7-0 record, while they are 1-5-0 at their home arena. At the moment, they hold the 8th spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 15th in the Western conference. This season, Chicago’s average scoring margin is -1.2, which has their puck line record at 4-13. Their average home scoring margin is -1.2, and in road games, it stands at -1.2.
Following a 7-3 loss on the road to the Blue Jackets, the Blackhawks are eager to bounce back. In the 3rd period, the Blackhawks found the net two times against the Blue Jackets after their one goal in the first period. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 36 shots on goal and had 5 turnovers.
Coming in as the underdog, Chicago not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 10 goals.
Toronto Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 14th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 22nd in the league. The Toronto offense is ranked 9th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 24th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Maple Leafs’ stands at 8-8-1. They have had 9 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 7.1 goals per game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 30th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 32nd in the league. The Chicago offense is ranked 30th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 21st in the NHL.
This season, the Blackhawks’ have an over/under record of 7-9-1. Throughout the season, they have played 10 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Toronto Team Defense
The Maple Leafs’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 13th in takeaways and an average of 7.3 takeaways per contest. They hold 19th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.2 goals given up per game.
Chicago Team Defense
The Blackhawks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 6th in takeaways and an average of 8.3 takeaways per contest. They hold 17th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.5 goals given up per game.
Maple Leafs vs Blackhawks Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Maple Leafs have a straight up record of 3-2 while going 1-4 vs the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- Although Chicago has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Blackhawks have gone 2-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-5.
- Although the Maple Leafs have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the puck line going 1-2.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Blackhawks to defeat the Maple Leafs while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at +201, I’m placing a wager on the Blackhawks to win outright.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blackhawks winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blackhawks straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to 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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