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Leafs face uphill battle to end 2017 with victory in Vegas

The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to end their road trip on a high note when they face off vs the Vegas Golden Knights in a Sunday matinee. The Leafs are coming off a tough loss to the Avalanche on Friday and are 2-5 SU in their last seven road games. Meanwhile, the Knights have had an amazing December at 12-2 SU and will try to nail down lucky number 13 to end 2017.

  • Vegas is 5-0 ATS in its last five games.
  • Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last six games as an underdog.
  • Vegas is third in the NHL in goals per game at 3.44.

Vegas is setting the standard for an expansion team in professional sports. The Knights bring an NHL expansion team record six-game winning streak into tonight’s contest and what’s more impressive is it’s their third winning streak of five games or more this season. At the T-Mobile Arena, Vegas has continued to answer every challenge which has translated to the best home record in the NHL at 15-3 SU. The Knights opened at -120 and bettors should be all over them as they’re the most profitable home team in the league.

The Leafs, on the other hand, have cooled their jets since the start of the season and have been a mixed bag in December. Toronto is 6-6 SU in 12 games this month and the five-game absence of star Auston Matthews may have had something to do with it. The Buds dropped four of five games with their young gun out with a concussion. The good news, though, is he is ready to go for tonight and the Leafs may know the formula for taking down the Knights as they beat them at the ACC on November 6.

The total opened at 6 and bettors may want to steer clear of any OVER wagers. The total has gone UNDER in five of the Knights’ last seven games and they’re holding teams to 2.4 goals per game in December (ranked 8th in NHL). Look for these teams to get this game over quickly so they can enjoy New Year’s Eve under the Vegas lights!

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Vegas Golden Knights in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -120 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Sunday's contest. The OVER/UNDER total was at 6 earlier at Bet365.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Golden Knights to win this game 3.8-2. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vegas Golden Knights Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Vegas Golden Knights sport a record of 25-9-2 heading into this matchup, while the Toronto Maple Leafs sit at 23-14-2 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 21-13-2 for the Golden Knights and 19-16-4 for the Maple Leafs. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Vegas vs Toronto injuries news.

The Golden Knights sit at No. 11 in the current NHL power poll here at OddsShark, while the Maple Leafs sit at No. 9 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Vegas's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 3.5 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.87 goals allowed. The Golden Knights power play is averaging 19.35% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 82.26% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Toronto was a 4-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Avalanche. They lost as -120 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

Vegas won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Kings on December 28. Bettors who backed the Golden Knights at +125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
  • Toronto is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Vegas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vegas's last 7 games
  • Vegas is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto home to Tampa Bay, Tuesday, January 2nd
Vegas home to Nashville, Tuesday, January 2nd