The Super Bowl is over and for those of us that like the NHL, it is time to have some icy thoughts. Let’s start with a couple of winners on the first Monday of February.
Anaheim has lost three straight and 15 of 17. In that past trio of setbacks, they have virtually defenseless in permitting 17 goals, while scoring four.
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Though Toronto had a good 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Maple Leafs are only 5-8 SU in their last 13 games and have not won back to back contests since winning five in a row from Dec. 18-28.
For those placing NHL picks, the opening odds had Toronto at -210 in spite of the fact the Leafs are 0-5 after a win. However, all is not lost for the home team, who have two things in their favor. One is situational and the other is facing the Ducks.
Everything starts with Toronto having a 33-15 SU record at Scotiabank Arena. Though playing three games n four days is not easy, the Maple Leafs are a fine 6-1 in those most recent setups.
Let’s next turn our attention to Anaheim. Besides the incredible slide, they are 0-9 of late when taking on teams that win more than they lose. Next, the Ducks are hardly mighty, (like their previous nickname) sporting a 9-23 mark with a day between games and at 16-36 if their next opponent permitted two or fewer goals in their last outing.