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Everyone and Their Bookie Is Expecting an OVER in Toronto Tonight

Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gets his crease ready prior to action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 6-2

We’ve only had a handful of games close with a total of 7 or more this season in the NHL, and those games certainly did not have juice of -120 or more on the OVER. Yet, that’s where we are as two of the most explosive offenses combined with two porous defenses meet at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto tonight. Despite that, most of the action is still on the OVER and we could see this one close with a total of 7.5 before it’s all said and done.

Blackhawks vs Maple Leafs Game Center

Standout Stats

  • The O/U is 23-8-3 in Chicago’s 34 road games this season and is 23-2-1 in its last 26 games overall. The recent streak is of the likes that we’ve never seen. Chicago’s games are averaging 7.6 total goals per game since January 1.
  • The O/U is 7-3 in Toronto’s last 10 games, including 5-1 in its last six games on home ice. Toronto’s games are averaging 6.4 total goals since January 1.
  • The first time these teams played this season, the score was 7-6 for Toronto. They secured the OVER 6.5 goals bet with 12:23 remaining in the second period. John Tavares had a hat trick and Patrick Kane had two goals.
  • Toronto has the No. 7 power play in the NHL this season at 22.5 percent while the Blackhawks have the worst penalty kill in the league. Chicago also has the best power play in the league since January 1 at 28.7 percent.
  • Patrick Kane has scored 12 goals and added 13 assists in 16 career games vs Toronto (1.6 points per game). He is second in NHL scoring with 98 points in 68 games (1.4 points per game).
  • Chicago is paying -135 on the +1.5 puckline and +190 on the moneyline. The Blackhawks are 9-5 SU and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games as road underdogs.
  • The Blackhawks have allowed 92 first-period goals, the most in the league and 15 more than No. 2 New Jersey. Chicago has scored 77 first-period goals, No. 4 in the NHL.

My Best Bet for Hawks vs Leafs

Both Teams to Score in First Period +140

I’m taking a lead from Jonny OddsShark here and looking to capitalize on these high-scoring teams with an obscure bet that is likely buried in the first-period options at your book. Having combined with their opponents for 169 first-period goals in their games this season, the Hawks are the most likely team in the league to help cash this bet.

For their part, the Leafs are No. 10 in the league, having scored 66 first-period goals.