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Will Leafs Continue Swoon on West Coast Trip vs the Ducks?

The Toronto Maple Leafs may be crashing back to earth. After their hot start had fans planning the Stanley Cup parade, the young-gun Leafs have gone 1-4 SU in their last five games and now go into the Honda Center to face a feisty Anaheim Ducks squad.

Shark Bites
  • Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen ranks 39th in NHL in both GAA and save percentage.
  • Anaheim has scored the second fewest power-play goals in the league, converting only 12% of chances.
  • Anaheim is 4-7 ATS this season.

However, despite their recent follies, the Leafs +1.5 puckline may be the safe way to go for bettors. Toronto is 4-1 ATS away from Air Canada Centre this season and is facing a Ducks team that will be without captain Ryan Getzlaf for the foreseeable future after he was placed on IR with a facial injury. Getzlaf’s absence cannot be overlooked. With him in the lineup, the Ducks are 4-2 SU; when he’s not on the ice, they’re 2-3 SU. The Leafs moneyline should also be heavily considered, opening at +100.

The total opened in this game at 5.5 and bettors should take a hard look at the OVER. The OVER has hit in eight of Toronto’s 11 games this season and three of their five on the road. Both of these teams have shown the propensity for scoring goals as the Ducks and Leafs rank in the top 10 in scoring this season, averaging 3.92 (Toronto) and 3.18 (Anaheim) respectively. On the other side of the puck, these teams’ defenses haven’t been playing lights out this season either as both teams allow over three goals per game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Toronto Maple Leafs were listed as -102 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The OVER/UNDER total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Wednesday at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.5-2.1 win for the Ducks on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Anaheim Ducks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

6-4-1 Anaheim battles the Maple Leafs, currently with a 7-5-0 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 5-6 for the Ducks and 8-3-1 for the Maple Leafs. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Anaheim vs Toronto injuries news.

The OddsShark NHL Power Rankings have the Ducks at No. 9 and the Maple Leafs at No. 4 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Anaheim's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 3.18 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 25 at 3.58 goals allowed. The Ducks power play is averaging 12.12% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 82.5% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Sharks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -114 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Anaheim, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Hurricanes on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at +151 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Los Angeles, Thursday, November 2
Anaheim home to Nashville, Friday, November 3