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Leafs Aim to End Losing Ways Vs Pens

The Toronto Maple Leafs come into Halloween night losing their past five contests and will need to buck a historical trend to win Saturday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Leafs have lost their past six games against the Pens dating back to November 27, 2013.

Shark Bites
  • The Leafs have yet to win in regulation at home this season.
  • The Penguins have won six of their past seven games.
  • The Penguins beat the Leafs 2-1 earlier this season.

Toronto has struggled to score this season with the team scoring the second fewest goals in the league so far while scoring one or fewer goals in five of their nine games. The Leafs six-game skid when facing of Penguins has seen them average just over two goals per game.

Phil Kessel will make his return to Toronto after being traded this offseason. During his six seasons with the Leafs Kessel scored 181 goals, which has led to the often-criticized winger having the highest goals per game average at the Air Canada Centre in history. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Toronto Maple Leafs in this one found them earlier as 151 underdogs on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2-1.2 win for the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Toronto Maple Leafs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Maple Leafs sit at 1-6-2 on the season; in comparison, the Pittsburgh Penguins are currently 6-4-0. Looking to wager on the totals? Toronto is 4-5 OU, and Pittsburgh is 1-7-2 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 30 (Toronto Maple Leafs) and the No. 25 (Pittsburgh Penguins) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Toronto Maple Leafs No. 22-ranked offense (2.22 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 5 at 2 goals per game allowed. The Maple Leafs powerplay has clicked at a 10% rate while the Penguins have a 85.71% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Penguins were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -190 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Toronto lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Rangers on October 30. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -214 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
  • Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Vancouver, Wednesday, November 4th
Toronto home to Dallas, Monday, November 2nd

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