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Blackhawks Go for 10th-Straight in Toronto

Jonathan Toews James van Riemsdyk

The sputtering Toronto Maple Leafs are the next team up to try to end the Chicago Blackhawks’ winning streak as the two Original Six teams meet up at the Air Canada Centre Friday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Blackhawks are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against the Atlantic division.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-12 SU in their last 14 games in January.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in Toronto.

The Blackhawks extended their winning streak to nine games with a 2-1 win at the Montreal Canadiens Thursday evening. Hawks netminder Corey Crawford stopped 39 shots en route to his 25th victory of the season and has now improved his record to 6-0 with a 1.49 goals against average and a whopping .957 save percentage in six January starts.

Also of note from the win in La Belle Province, head coach Joel Quenneville notched win number 783, moving him ahead of Al Arbour to second on the all-time list.

After beginning the month so promising with a pair of wins, the Leafs have lost three in a row heading into Friday’s contest. In their last game, the Buds lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets and have now been outscored 12-2 in those three defeats.

While the Blackhawks’ goaltender situation is unclear at the time of writing, James Reimer has been confirmed as the starter for the Leafs, according to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail. The 27-year-old has been far and away Toronto’s best option in the crease but has been snake bitten by a lack of scoring support from the guys in front of him. Reimer boasts a 1.98 GAA and .936 save percentage - sparkling numbers - but has just seven wins in 19 appearances (17 starts) this season.

If the Leafs hope to end their own personal skid, giving Reimer some help on the offensive end would be a plus. But with the way the Hawks are playing on both ends of the ice lately, not to mention the fact that the Hawks are 9-2 straight up against the Leafs in the previous 11 meetings, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Blackhawks to win this game 3.6-2.2. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Maple Leafs are 16-18-7 so far on the season. The Chicago Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 29-13-4. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Toronto go 16-20-5 and the Blackhawks go 15-22-9 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Chicago injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Toronto Maple Leafs at No. 11 and the Chicago Blackhawks at No. 7 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Toronto's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 2.56 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.33 goals allowed. The Maple Leafs power play is averaging 18.4% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 81.89% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Canadiens on January 14. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -121 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Toronto was a 3-1 loser at home against the Blue Jackets. Bettors on Columbus at +142 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Chicago is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Toronto
  • Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
  • Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Toronto is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Chicago
  • Toronto is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Montreal, Sunday, January 17th
Toronto at Boston, Saturday, January 16th