Maple Leafs vs Red Wings Hockey Odds
The Toronto Maple Leafs will make the trek down to Joe Louis Arena for an Original Six showdown with the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
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Toronto Maple Leafs (36-25-8) at Detroit Red Wings (30-24-13)
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Joe Louis Arena
City: Detroit, Michigan
O/U Odds: 5.5
Money Line: Detroit -129, Toronto +119
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The game marks the end of a five-game road trip for the Maple Leafs, on which the team is 2-2, while the Red Wings are floundering as they look to cling to the final playoff spot in the East, but have lost three of their last four games, and five of their last seven.
The Red Wings’ current slide has seen the team fall out of the playoff picture in the East, with two teams now in front of them for the Conference’s final playoff spot. The Wings have only 15 games remaining in which to earn their 24th consecutive playoff appearance. The Leafs, meanwhile, are looking to climb into the third spot in the Eastern Conference.
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Both meetings between these teams have gone to a shootout this season, and each time it was the road side which came away victorious. First, it was Detroit claiming a 5-4 shootout victory at the Air Canada Centre on Dec. 21. The second matchup was more noteworthy, as it was played outdoors at the Big House in front of a record crowd. Toronto claimed that one with a 3-2 shootout victory.
The Red Wings had come back from the Olympic break hot, scoring 20 goals in compiling a 3-1-1 record in their first five games after the break. The team would love to regain that kind of form right about now, but instead the team has just scored just three times in its last four games, and is really feeling the absence of top centers Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Things haven’t been any better in goal, as Jimmy Howard has gone 1-3-1 with a 2.91 GAA in his last five starts.
That could pose a problem against a Leafs team that hasn’t had trouble scoring the puck. Leading scorer Phil Kessel will look to pad his already solid stats against the Red Wings – he has eight points in a six-game point streak against Detroit.
The Red Wings have seen their home ice advantage diminish in value this season, and they now are desperate for a win with their backs against the wall. As for the Maple Leafs, they have been the better squad of late, and will look to get back on the winning track after a loss in the nation’s capital.
The Maple Leafs are 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these teams, and are 9-2 in their last 11 games against divisional opponents.
The Red Wings are 3-14 in their last 17 games played on a Tuesday, and 0-8 in their last eight games played on one day’s rest.
The play: Toronto +119