Puck Line Pick
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season. They currently sit in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 25-16-7 and 57 points, which ties the Carolina Hurricanes for the 6th best record in the Eastern Conference. However, Toronto has not played great lately as they have lost four of their previous five games, including a 1-2 shootout loss at home against the Calgary Flames on Thursday. They will look to right the ship when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have played themselves back into the playoff mix. They have a record of 22-20-6 and 50 points, which puts them in 5th place in the Central Division. Chicago is currently on a three-game winning streak, which includes a 4-1 road win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Toronto is the more talented team in this game. However, I look for the puck line of Chicago to be the better play.
Over Under Pick
Toronto is one of the highest goals per game teams in the league this season. They enter this game averaging the 2nd most goals per game with 3.63. However, they play at a faster pace, which leaves them vulnerable to scoring from their opponents. As a result, they enter this game allowing the 9th most goals per game with 3.31. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks enter this game averaging 2.94 goals per game, which ranks 20th in the league. They have also been a below-average team defensively as they are allowing 3.19 goals per game, which is the 10th most in the NHL. I look for this game to go over the posted 6.5-goal total.