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Bolts Bring 4-Game Win Streak Into Metro Battle With Leafs

Victor Hedman and the Tampa Bay Lightning are both wearing the number 77 after the Bolts’ 2-1 overtime win against the Senators on Tuesday that brought them within three points of the Bruins in the Metropolitan. Hedman and Nikita Kucherov have led their team on a miraculous run since the trade deadline and with their win earlier in the week bringing their streak to four, they couldn’t be much hotter for their matchup against the Maple Leafs tonight.

SHARK BITES
  • The Maple Leafs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games on the road against the Lightning.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Leafs' last 7 games on the road against the Lightning.
  • The Lightning are 7-1-1 in their last 9 games while the Leafs are 3-3-3 and coming off a 7-2 loss.

Not only have Kuch and Hedman been leading the charge for the Bolts, they’ve been dragging their teammates along with them on an unlikely run back into the playoff picture. They’ll look to continue their two-headed attack tonight with the pair working on a run that’s seen them combine for 36 points in just 14 games.

The Leafs’ postseason hopes are quickly fading with just 14 games left on the schedule so this tilt against a team they’re battling with directly in the standings is an absolute must-win contest. The problem, however, is that Toronto has given up an average of 3.09 goals per game in road matchups this year and will be facing a tender in Andrei Vasilevskiy who’s been nearly unbeatable since assuming the No. 1 gig in Tampa.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs before puck drop in this match found them as 109 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, according to BetOnline.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Lightning to win this game 3.2-2.4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 31-23-14 this season, while the Lightning are 34-26-9. Toronto is 31-36-1 against the total, while Tampa Bay is 30-32-7 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Toronto injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 16-rated Toronto Maple Leafs taking on the No. 9-rated Tampa Bay Lightning in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 2.77 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 25 at 3.03 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 22.27% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 83.49% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Maple Leafs were a 7-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Tampa Bay was a 2-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Senators. They won as +127 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Toronto is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games
  • Toronto is 16-6 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto home to Chicago, Saturday, March 18th
Tampa Bay home to Washington, Saturday, March 18th

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