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Carolina favored by -121 against Toronto on Thursday

Toronto Maple Leafs

Carolina Hurricanes
21-18-5 January 09, 2014, 07:00 PM | PNC Arena 18-16-9

The Hurricanes get a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs in hockey action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Hurricanes currently sport a record of 18-16-9. The Maple Leafs are 21-18-5. Betting totals have seen the Hurricanes post a 18-20-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Maple Leafs have gone 22-20-2 against the number.

View Toronto Maple Leafs vs Carolina Hurricanes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Hurricanes as -121 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 27-rated Maple Leafs taking on the No. 14-rated Hurricanes in this contest.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 5-3 loser as they battled the Islanders at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Islanders at +143 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Hurricanes were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Predators. That made winners of bettors who got Carolina at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Carolina's No. 24-ranked offense (2.44 goals per game) against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 21 at 3 goals per game allowed. The Hurricanes powerplay has clicked at a 14.19% rate while the Maple Leafs have a 77.33% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Maple Leafs at Hurricanes trends to consider:
Toronto is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Carolina
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games at home
Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Washington, Friday, January 10th
Carolina at Columbus, Friday, January 10th