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NHL betting line favors Maple Leafs over Capitals

Washington Capitals

Toronto Maple Leafs
12-10-1 November 23, 2013, 07:00 PM | Air Canada Centre 13-8-1

The Maple Leafs get a visit from the Washington Capitals in hockey action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Maple Leafs sit at 13-8-1 on the season; in comparison, the Capitals are currently 12-10-1. Looking to wager on the totals? Toronto is 9-13 OU, and Washington is 11-12 OU.

View Washington Capitals vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Toronto sat as -116 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 13-ranked Maple Leafs and the No. 12-rated Capitals in this matchup.

Washington was a 3-2 loser in its last match at home against the Canadiens. They lost as -115 favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Predators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Predators at +135 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 10-ranked offense (2.91 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.87 goals per game allowed. The Maple Leafs powerplay has clicked at a 23.61% rate while the Capitals have a 85.87% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Capitals at Maple Leafs trends to consider:
Washington is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games on the road
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games at home
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Ottawa, Wednesday, November 27th
Toronto home to Columbus, Monday, November 25th