Lightning vs Maple Leafs Prediction NHL Picks Today 4/11

Lightning vs Maple Leafs Prediction NHL Picks Today 4/11

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Introduction

The Toronto Maple Leafs are facing the Tampa Bay Lightning in what is expected to be a thrilling game. Both teams have shown great form during the season and are currently among the top teams in the Atlantic Division. This game is crucial for both teams, as they will be looking to secure their spot in the playoffs. In this article, we will review both teams and give our prediction on why the Maple Leafs will come out victorious.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing exceptional hockey this season, with a record of 48-21-11. Their offense has been one of the most potent in the league, averaging 3.41 goals per game. The team is led by superstar Auston Matthews, who has scored 40 goals this season. Matthews is one of the most dominant players in the NHL and is a constant threat to opposing defenses.

The Maple Leafs' defense has also been impressive, allowing only 2.70 goals per game. However, the team will be without Morgan Rielly, who is out with an injury. This could be a significant blow to the team's defense, but they still have a strong defensive unit that can handle the pressure.

 

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning is another strong team in the Atlantic Division, with a record of 45-29-6. The Lightning has one of the most potent offenses in the league, averaging 3.40 goals per game. The team is led by Nikita Kucherov, who has scored 30 goals and has 110 points this season.

The Lightning's defense has not been as strong as their offense, allowing 3.10 goals per game. However, they still have one of the best goaltenders in the league, Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has 34 wins this season.

 

Prediction

Both teams have strong offenses and are capable of scoring goals. However, we predict that the Maple Leafs will come out victorious in this game. The Maple Leafs have a more balanced team, with a strong defense and a potent offense. Even without Morgan Rielly, the Maple Leafs' defense is capable of containing the Lightning's offense.

The key to the Maple Leafs' success will be shutting down Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov is the Lightning's most dangerous player and has the ability to change the game with his playmaking skills. If the Maple Leafs can contain Kucherov, they will have a good chance of winning the game.

Furthermore, the Maple Leafs have been playing well on the road this season, with a record of 21-13-5. This indicates that the team is comfortable playing away from home and can handle the pressure of playing in a hostile environment.

In conclusion, we predict that the Toronto Maple Leafs will come out victorious in this game. The Maple Leafs have a more balanced team and are capable of shutting down the Lightning's offense. 

 

Pick: Maple Leafs ML +115

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