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Hurricanes Look To Stay Perfect Hosting Maple Leafs

Andrei Svechnikov and the Hurricanes are small home underdogs Monday vs the Maple Leafs in NHL betting odds.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Maple Leafs, who are off to a 2-3-1 start and were walloped 7-1 by the Penguins in their most recent outing. Carolina, on the other hand, has raced to an unblemished 4-0-0 start and has posted a +11 goal differential in the process.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Carolina Hurricanes
  • Date/Time: October 25, 7 p.m. ET
  • Arena: PNC Arena
  • TV Coverage: SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, BSSO
  • Opening Odds: Maple Leafs -125 | O/U 6 (Line History)
  • Maple Leafs vs Hurricanes Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Considering the Maple Leafs have lost three games in a row, it is strange to see they opened as favorites, especially since they’re on the road. Ultimately, the Hurricanes weren’t being too disrespected as they sat at -116. Many people believe the Hurricanes have yet to face a significant test, which could make this matchup a defining one.

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Toronto News & Notes

The Leafs, who allowed five goals to the Sharks and gave up seven against the Penguins, now face a Carolina team that has scored 18 goals in four games.

Toronto’s poor performances have coincided with an injury to netminder Petr Mrazek, brought in during the summer to share crease duties with Jack Campbell. Campbell and Michael Hutchinson have not deputized well in his absence. Mrazek is considered day to day and is likely to miss this contest.

Toronto’s most impactful point production has come from the fourth line, with Wayne Simmonds and Jason Spezza leading the way. A return of zero points in three games for Auston Matthews and one in six for Mitch Marner is hardly a recipe for success, but it’s a matter of when, not if, for these highly skilled players.

Carolina News & Notes

The big story heading into this one is Frederik Andersen’s revenge tour, with the veteran goaltender playing his former team for the first time. Andersen has started all four games for the Hurricanes, posting a 1.75 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage, and will likely get the call in this one.

Carolina’s underrated defense has performed admirably despite the offseason departures of Dougie Hamilton and Jake Bean, and budding superstar Andrei Svechnikov leads the charge up front with seven points in four games.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi has settled in nicely since coming over from Montreal. The team has taken a slow approach with him that seems to be paying off as he appears comfortable in his surroundings. All four lines contribute to the Hurricanes’ success in the offensive zone and that depth is a valuable asset in today’s game.

How Toronto Will Win

With Mrazek missing his return to Carolina, the Leafs are going to need a much-improved defensive effort, which starts with them protecting their netminder. The defense needs to keep this adept Carolina offense on the perimeter, and Toronto’s attack needs Marner and Matthews to get going.

How Carolina Will Win

Andersen will no doubt be motivated in this one but keeping some motivated Toronto superstars quiet is no easy task. Given the Leafs’ defensive struggles, their motivation to get their top players scoring again, and Carolina’s excellent offensive numbers, we are bound to see plenty of goals in this one. Carolina also boasts the third-best power-play percentage in the league.

Computer Pick: Hurricanes ML (-115)

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Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in Toronto’s last 5 road games.
  • Carolina is 4-1 in its last 5 games.
  • The OVER is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.