The weekend Action in the National Hockey League
Gets rolling tonight on Veteran’s Day as the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins hit the road up north to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s analyze this Eastern Conference showdown with the Penguins vs Maple Leafs betting odds in this betting preview for Friday night.
Penguins vs Maple Leafs
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins (5-6-2, 12 points) at Toronto Maple Leafs (7-4-3, 17 points)
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Day/Time: Friday, November 9th, 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT
Streaming: Live Sports Stream
Penguins Looking to Slide Out of Trouble
The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to make it back-to-back victories tonight as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. On Wednesday, the Penguins snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over their rivals, the Washington Capitals.
Forward Jake Guentzel scored a goal and notched an assist, while Jason Zucker got the scoring opened midway through the second period and Brock McGinn followed up with a short-handed tally. Backup goaltender Casey DeSmith made 24 saves on 25 shots faced to pick up his first victory on the season.
While the Penguins are far from being one of the NHL’s best teams, they do have a wealth of talent when they are healthy, and with veteran players like Kris Letang and Jeff Carter back in the lineup, they have a bit more offensive punch than they did during the previous losing skid.
Maple Leafs Blowing in the Breeze?
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to get back into the win column tonight against the Penguins after having a brief three game win streak snapped on Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.
Forward Mitch Marner scored his third goal of the NHL season and added an assist while backup netminder Erik Kallgren made just 16 saves on 20 shots faced.
It’s anticipated that the Maple Leafs will go with Ilya Samsonov in net for tonight’s contest. The 25-year old Russian native is 2-3-1 with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .908% save percentage in six starts against Pittsburgh during his time with the Washington Capitals.
Toronto has won three of their last four home games and are 5-1-1 overall at Scotiabank Arena this season in NHL league standings.
Penguins vs Maple Leafs Betting Odds
Sportsbooks have the Toronto Maple Leafs odds to win as moderate favorites against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night priced in the range around -135 to -150.
This is the 15th game this season where Toronto has been favored, with the Maple Leafs posting a 6-6-3 record in that role.
For Pittsburgh, it’s only their third game of the season as an underdog, with the Penguins losing both games when lined at plus money. Pittsburgh has won four of the last six meetings with the Maple Leafs, but have lost five of their last six games on the road.
The total for this contest is set at 6.5 goals shaded slightly to the Over around the pick’em range between -110 to -120. The Penguins have gone Under the total in five of their last seven games, while the Maple Leafs are on a 9-4 run to the Under in their last 13 contests. The Under has also cashed in six of the last nine meetings between these two clubs.Follow us on Twitter