Maple Leafs on the road in Tampa Bay
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive on Tuesday night as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL betting action at the books.
The Maple Leafs fell 5-3 at home to the Lightning at +117 on the NHL odds when the two teams last met on March 19, dropping Toronto to 7-3 in their last 10 games against Tampa Bay. That game turned out to be an OVER result on the totals for bettors at the sportsbooks.
Supporters of the Maple Leafs have seen them go 38-33-8 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 42-27-9. In totals betting, the Lightning are 39-36-3, while the Maple Leafs are 44-32-3.
The Lightning were listed earlier today as -173 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Lightning rated this week at No. 22 and the Maple Leafs sitting at No. 27.
In their last action, Toronto was a 4-2 loser at home against the Jets. Bettors on Winnipeg at +125 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
The Lightning were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Stars. That made winners of bettors who got Dallas at +125 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 8-ranked offense (2.94 goals per game) against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 26 at 3.14 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 17.94% rate while the Maple Leafs have a 78.54% rate on the penalty kill.
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