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Lightning visit Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL clash

Tampa Bay Lightning

Toronto Maple Leafs
37-24-7 March 19, 2014, 07:00 PM | Air Canada Centre 36-26-8

Tampa Bay pays a visit to Toronto on Wednesday, hoping to shut down the Maple Leafs snipers in hockey action at Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs sport a record of 36-26-8 heading into this matchup, while the Lightning sit at 37-24-7 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 37-30-3 for the Maple Leafs and 33-32-3 for the Lightning. View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds and Stats.

The Maple Leafs were listed earlier today as -116 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 23-rated Maple Leafs and the No. 22-ranked Lightning, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Canucks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -205 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Toronto was a 3-2 loser on the road against the Red Wings. Bettors on Detroit at -124 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 8-ranked offense (2.93 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.62 goals per game allowed. The Maple Leafs powerplay has clicked at a 20.74% rate while the Lightning have a 80.27% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Lightning at Maple Leafs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Toronto's last 14 games at home
Toronto is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Ottawa, Thursday, March 20th
Toronto home to Montreal, Saturday, March 22nd