Despite some ups and downs, the Wild have turned things around lately. They enter tonight’s contest on a four-game winning streak, most recently notching a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
The Leafs also have momentum on their side stemming from a 6-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres in their last outing. Mitchell Marner exploded with a five-assist showing while John Tavares had a four-point night of his own. That’s not even mentioning how Ryan O’Reilly scored his first hat trick in a Toronto uniform.
It’ll be interesting to see who emerges the victor when the dust settles following tonight’s Wild vs Maple Leafs matchup. In the meantime, here’s a look at FanDuel Sportsbook’s latest odds for the game, as well as a prediction and the best bet to make, courtesy of
Betting News. Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs Matchup Information and Betting Odds Matchup Information Matchup: Minnesota Wild (32-21-5, 13-11-3 Away) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (35-15-8, 22-6-4 Home) Venue & Location: Scotiabank Arena (Toronto, Ontario) Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 Game Time: 7 p.m. Eastern Time Wild vs Maple Leafs TV Info: ESPN+ Wild vs Maple Leafs Odds Game odds are via FanDuel as of Friday, Feb. 24 at 8:22 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article. Spread Minnesota Wild +1.5 (-148) Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 (+120) Over/Under Over 6 Goals (-124) Under 6 Goals (+102) Moneyline Minnesota Wild +164 Toronto Maple Leafs -200 Wild vs Maple Leafs Betting Trends Minnesota is 2-5 straight up in its last seven road games. Toronto is 15-5 straight up in its last 20 home games. The total has hit the under in six of Minnesota’s last seven games. The total has hit the over in six of Toronto’s last eight games against the Central Division. The total has hit the under in 14 of the last 19 Toronto-Minnesota matchups. Maple Leafs Favored in Return Home
The Maple Leafs enter tonight’s game as the favorite as they return home following a pair of road games. It shouldn’t be surprising to see oddsmakers on their side considering that they’re 22-6-4 at Scotiabank Arena this season.
The Maple Leafs have won their last two home contests by a combined score of 10-3, highlighting how the offense comes alive at Scotiabank Arena. In fact, they’re averaging 3.56 goals per game in their own building this season.
It’s going to be interesting to see if the Maple Leafs can keep the offense coming against the Wild, who have allowed one or fewer goals in three of their last four games.
is already confirming that’ll be up to goaltender Filip Gustavsson to stop Toronto’s attack after Marc-Andre Fleury recorded the shutout last night. Daily Faceoff
The Swedish netminder has played well lately, going 4-0-1 in his last five starts with a 1.53 goals-against average and .948 save percentage. He also defeated the Maple Leafs in his only game against them, stopping 30-of-33 shots in a 4-3 win with the Ottawa Senators back in May 2021.
Having said that, Gustavsson has also lost back-to-back road starts with a 3.62 GAA and .887 SV%. That sort of play won’t help his team win when he has the likes of Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitchell Marner and Ryan O’Reilly firing at him all night long.
The Maple Leafs have also scored at least five goals in three of their last four games. For comparison, the Wild haven’t scored five goals since Jan. 7. In other words, Minnesota could be in trouble if Toronto’s offense gets on a role.
The special teams battle will be another good one to watch. When it comes to the power play, the Maple Leafs are 9-of-27 (33.3%) on the man advantage over their last 11 games. While maybe not as good, the Wild’s PP unit is at least clicking at a 25.5% success rate (12-of-47) over the last 15 outings.
As for the penalty kill, both teams have done a good job there as well. While the Wild have killed off 20 straight penalties over the last nine games, the Maple Leafs have gone seven straight outings without allowing a PP goal, killing 16 penalties in the process.
It’s likely going to be a competitive affair tonight, but only one team can walk out the winner.
Wild vs Maple Leafs Prediction and Picks Wild vs Maple Leafs Prediction: Maple Leafs 3, Wild 2 Wild vs Maple Leafs Picks: Maple Leafs ML (Best Value: -200 at FanDuel) & Under 6 Goals (Best Value: +102 at FanDuel)
As great as the Wild have been lately, the Maple Leafs have the offensive depth to solve their defense and goaltending. Minnesota has also lost three of its last four trips to Toronto, further indicating how tough it is to win at Scotiabank Arena.
And despite how good Toronto’s offense has played, I’m still backing the under on the 6-goal total. Fourteen of the last 19 Wild vs Maple Leafs matchups have finished fewer goals than expected. With six of their last meetings in Toronto seeing fewer than six goals scored, I’m confident that tonight’s contest won’t turn into a high-scoring affair.
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