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Winter Classic Odds: Wings vs. Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings will take their NHL betting action outdoors on Wednesday afternoon as they battle at Michigan Stadium in this year's Winter Classic.

The Maple Leafs fell 5-4 at home to the Red Wings in their first meeting of the season on December 21, losing as a -120 favorite on the NHL odds at the sportsbooks. That was the third straight OVER result in games between the Leafs and Wings.

This season the Red Wings are 18-14-9 overall while the Maple Leafs are 20-16-5. As for the totals, Detroit is 19-20-2 on the OU, and Toronto is 20-20-1.

View Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 119 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The Red Wings sit at No. 17 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Maple Leafs sit at a No. 24 on the same chart.

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In their last action, Toronto was a 5-2 winner at home against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Toronto at -120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Predators on December 30. Bettors who backed the Predators at -110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 2.61 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.88 goals allowed. The Red Wings power play is averaging 19.26% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 77.46% of their penalties.

A few Maple Leafs at Red Wings trends to consider:
Toronto is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games
Toronto is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 13 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 12 games
Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Toronto home to New York, Saturday, January 4th
Detroit at Dallas, Saturday, January 4th