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Lightning Closing the Gap with Panthers

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Things are getting very interesting in the Atlantic Division as a six-game winning streak has propelled the Tampa Bay Lightning to within two points of the Florida Panthers at the top of the division. The Bolts continue their four-game road trip with a stop in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs Monday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Lightning are 2-6 SU in their last eight games on the road against the Maple Leafs.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-7 SU in their last nine games at home.
  • The Lightning are 5-0 SU in their last five games against teams with losing records.

Atlantic Division teams have absolutely feasted on the bottom-feeding Leafs this season. The Buds have the worst record of any team in the league in games against clubs from within the division as they’ve gone 1-15 SU in 16 contests versus the Atlantic.

The Lightning have won both of their previous meetings with the Leafs this season, scoring a 5-4 overtime win at Air Canada Centre back on December 15 and a 1-0 triumph on home ice back on January 27. Going back a bit further, Tampa has won four of its last five meetings with the Leafs heading into Monday’s clash.

During their six-game streak, the Lightning have averaged a 2.17 margin of victory including a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins Sunday. Four of their six wins have come on the road and the team will finish its road trip at the Ottawa Senators Thursday.

The Leafs traded netminder James Reimer to the San Jose Sharks over the weekend so it looks like it could very well be Jonathan Bernier between the pipes Monday. Bernier is 7-16-3 with a 3.12 goals against average and .898 saver percentage in 28 appearances (26 starts) this season. He was responsible for both losses against Tampa earlier this season.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Lightning to win this game 4.5-1. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 36-22-4 this season, while the Maple Leafs are 21-29-10. Tampa Bay is 25-30-7 on the totals; Toronto is 25-27-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 30-rated Toronto Maple Leafs and the No. 10-ranked Tampa Bay Lightning, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Toronto Maple Leafs No. 26-ranked offense (2.43 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.42 goals per game allowed. The Maple Leafs powerplay has clicked at a 14.81% rate while the Lightning have a 83.51% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -104 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Toronto was a 4-1 loser on the road against the Canadiens. Bettors on Montreal at -161 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 12 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games on the road
  • Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games
  • Toronto is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Ottawa, Thursday, March 3rd
Toronto at Washington, Wednesday, March 2nd

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