Despite putting up a valiant effort in Game 1 against the Capitals, the Maple Leafs will have to overcome enormous odds on Saturday if they want to take their series back to the center of the hockey universe tied at one game each. Oddsmakers opened the Leafs as +210 moneyline underdogs after the youngsters gave up a two-goal lead in the first game and let the result slip away in overtime.
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- The Capitals are 21-3 SU in their last 24 games at home.
- The Maple Leafs are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games against the Capitals.
- The favored team is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games in this matchup.
If Toronto has any hope in Game 2, they’ll have to put up a more consistent effort than they did in the opener. After going up two goals and firing 15 shots on goal in the first period, the Leafs got progressively worse in every frame and they managed just two SOG’s in an overtime period that was absolutely dominated by the Capitals.
Barry Trotz was not happy with the Caps’ defensive effort in the first period of the ice-breaker so expect them to offer more resistance out of the gates on Saturday. Washington’s M.O. all season has been their stout play at the Verizon center and after a sketchy opening stanza in D.C., the backline tightened up and it looks like they’ll be dialed in for the rest of the series.
Washington’s top offensive threats were held off the score sheet in Game 1 and Alex Ovechkin managed just one shot on Freddy Anderson. I anticipate a more full-bodied performance from the Caps’ skipper this evening and like him to score a goal against a Leafs team he accumulated three points vs in three regular season games.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Washington Capitals as -235 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.
A 3.6-1.9 result in favor of the Capitals is the prediction by the Odds – Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Toronto Maple Leafs have seen them go 40-27-16 so far this season, while the Capitals are at 56-19-8. In totals betting, the Washington Capitals are 36-32-15, while the Maple Leafs are 37-44-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Toronto injuries news.
It’s an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Washington Capitals and the No. 8-ranked Toronto Maple Leafs, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds – Shark.
Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 2-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Toronto Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 23 at 2.95 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 23.2% rate while the Maple Leafs have a 82.81% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Toronto was a 3-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Capitals. They lost as +216 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.
- Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
- Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Washington is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games
- Washington is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
- Washington is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Toronto home to Washington, Monday, April 17th