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Hurricanes open as moneyline underdog vs Maple Leafs

Carolina Hurricanes

Toronto Maple Leafs
14-15-9 December 29, 2013, 07:00 PM | Air Canada Centre 19-16-5

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Carolina duelling Toronto on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

Toronto will face the 14-15-9 Hurricanes. In totals betting, the Maple Leafs are 19-20-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Hurricanes are 15-18-5 favoring the OVER.

View Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Carolina before puck drop in this match found them as 134-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, ccording to BetOnline.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 20-ranked Maple Leafs and the No. 24-rated Hurricanes in this matchup.

The Hurricanes were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Sabres at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Maple Leafs at -155 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 2.75 goals per game, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.87 goals allowed. The Maple Leafs power play is averaging 22.66% while the Hurricanes defense kills off 80.47% of their penalties.

A few Hurricanes at Maple Leafs trends to consider:
Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games when playing Toronto
Toronto is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Carolina

Next up:
Carolina home to Montreal, Tuesday, December 31st
Toronto at Detroit, Wednesday, January 1st