Lightning vs Maple Leafs Prediction Game 6 NHL Playoffs 4/29

Lightning vs Maple Leafs Prediction Game 6 NHL Playoffs 4/29

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Preview

The excitement continues in the NHL playoffs as the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in game 6 of the East 1st round. The series has been thrilling so far, with the Maple Leafs holding a 3-2 lead over the Lightning. This is a must-win game for Tampa Bay, who needs a victory to stay alive in the playoffs. As a leading sports prediction platform, we are here to provide an extensive review of both teams' offense, defense, and injuries and our final explained prediction of why the best bet is the over of 6.5 goals.

 

Lightning Offense

The Lightning has been one of the most dominant teams in the NHL this season, and their offense has been a big part of their success. They have a deep roster of talented players, led by Nikita Kucherov, who has recorded an impressive 113 points this season. Brayden Point is another key player to watch out for, with 51 goals to his name. The Lightning averages 3.41 goals per game, which is higher than the Maple Leafs. They also have a strong power play, with a success rate of 25.4%. The Lightning's offense will be a significant challenge for the Maple Leafs' defense.

Lightning Defense

The Lightning's defense has been solid this season, allowing an average of 3.07 goals per game. They have a good penalty kill, with a success rate of 79.7%. The key players on their defense include Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, and Mikhail Sergachev. The Lightning's defense will be a challenge for the Maple Leafs' offense.

Injuries

Tanner Jeannot is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, while Erik Cernak is out with a lower-body injury. While neither team has any major injuries, the absences of these players could impact the game.

 

Maple Leafs Offense

The Maple Leafs are a high-scoring team, and their offense has been the driving force behind their success in the playoffs. They have an impressive roster of players, led by Mitchell Marner, who has recorded 99 points this season. William Nylander is another key player to watch out for, with 40 goals to his name. Toronto averages 3.39 goals per game, which is impressive, but it is not as impressive as the Lightning's record. Toronto has been a force to be reckoned with on the power play, with a success rate of 26%. Their offense is a significant threat to the Lightning's defense.

Maple Leafs Defense

The Maple Leafs' defense has been a mixed bag this season, and they have been vulnerable at times. They allow an average of 2.67 goals per game, which is not great. However, their penalty kill has been impressive, with a success rate of 81.9%. The key players on their defense include Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin, and T.J. Brodie.

Injuries

The Maple Leafs have three players on their injury list. Michael Bunting (LW) is out since April 26, while Matt Murray (G) is out since April 25. Erik Gustafsson (D) is listed as day-to-day and may or may not play in the next game.

 

Prediction

With the series on the line, expect both teams to come out firing on all cylinders. Both the Maple Leafs and Lightning have explosive offenses and will be looking to put the puck in the net early and often. The Maple Leafs rank fifth in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 3.39 goals per game, while the Lightning rank eighth, averaging 3.41 goals per game.

Both teams have scored a lot of goals in this series, with Game 5 being the only game that went under the 6.5 total. In fact, the first four games of the series saw at least seven goals scored. With so much on the line, expect both teams to take risks and push the pace, which should lead to plenty of scoring opportunities.

In addition, both teams have been successful on the power play during the series. The Maple Leafs are converting on 26% of their power-play opportunities, while the Lightning are converting on 25.4% of their power-play opportunities. With both teams having dangerous power-play units, there is a good chance that at least one power-play goal will be scored, which could be the difference-maker in hitting the over.

Finally, the goaltending has been shaky at times during the series. While both goaltenders have had their moments, they have also shown that they can be beaten. The Maple Leafs have given up at least four goals in three of the five games in the series, while the Lightning have given up at least four goals in two of the five games in the series. With both teams having potent offenses, there is a good chance that we will see plenty of goals in Game 6.

Overall, with both teams having potent offenses, a lot on the line, and a history of high-scoring games during the series, the best bet is to take the over of 6.5 goals.

 

Pick: Over 6.5 goals

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