Toronto Maple Leafs Travel to Detroit Saturday to Face the Red Wings
The Toronto Maple Leafs will take a trip on Saturday evening to the Little Caesars Arena to face off against the Detroit Red Wings in an Atlantic Division for the third and final time this regular season.
Toronto is third in the division (32-13-3, 67 points) at this point, while Detroit is fifth in the division (23-22-6, 52 points). The Maple Leafs have won both games this season, including a 7-4 road win in late January.
Both teams have some great players on the ice here, including center Auston Matthews on the Toronto side and center Dylan Larkin on the Detroit side of things.
Solid Offensive Unit Stepping Up
The Maple Leafs have been doing incredibly well offensively this season as he is scoring 3.58 goals on 34.7 shots per game thus far. The offense has been led by center Auston Matthews as he is eighth in the sport and tied for second in the NHL with goals as he has 59 points (33 goals, 26 assists) so far this season.
The offense has led the league with a 31.6 power play percentage this year and should be dominant in this matchup.
Goalie Jack Campbell has been doing extremely well for the Toronto Maple Leafs as he is 23-8-3 so far while giving up 2.41 goals with four shutouts as well as a .922 save percentage this season.
As a team, the Maple Leafs are giving up 2.73 goals per game on 30.8 shots. They have been solid at killing penalties as they have killed 84.6 percent of penalties, and that is huge at helping the team do well.
Detroit needs to work on their offense a bit as they are averaging 2.82 goals on 29.4 shot attempts per game this season. Center Dylan Larkin has been leading the way as he is tied for 15th in the sport in points and tied for seventh in goals with 52 points (26 goals, 26 assists), and 32 of those points have come at home this year.
The Detroit Red Wings need goalie Alex Nedeljkovic to step up more than he has this season, as he is currently 14-14-5 with 3.01 goals allowed and a .907 save percentage so far. The Red Wings have given up 3.43 goals on 32.7 shots per game, which is not great as they have a lot of pressure on them. A big reason is a fact they allowed 34 power play goals up to this point.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the top teams in the sport, but one of the most impressive numbers is the fact that they lead the sport with a 56.1 faceoff win percentage.
The defenses have been a huge difference as the Maple Leafs are allowing three goals in their previous four games while the Red Wings are giving up 3.8 goals in their last five games.
All in all, go with the Toronto Maple Leafs to cover the puck line on the road and the over to hit as both teams should be able to score a good amount of goals in this game.
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