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Will Leafs Break Road Loss Streak Against Chicago?
Despite the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs are original six teams, they don’t meet very often, suiting up against each other twice a year at most. This helped to create Toronto’s long losing streak in Chicago, where the Maple Leafs have avoided victory since 2003.
All three Maple Leaf wins against Chicago over the last 15 years were in Toronto, including the last time they met in October. Neither team has played well lately, but the Leafs face a big uphill climb to overturn a long losing trend.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
NHL Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction
- Toronto at Chicago: Bet Blackhawks SU (-120)
- Los Angeles at Calgary: Bet Flames SU (-1.5, +170)
NHL Lines: Lighting The Lamp
Maple Leafs at Blackhawks – Bet Chicago SU (-120)
Chicago’s currently in playoff purgatory, 11 points behind the Blues for third place in the Central Division and seven points behind the surprising Avalanche for the final Wild Card spot. The Blackhawks can’t continue playing mediocre hockey for much longer and expect to compete in the post season.
The Maple Leafs uninspiring play in 2018 hasn’t threatened their playoff status in the moribund Atlantic Division – yet. In theory, the Habs, Red Wings or Panthers could mount a run to bridge a double-digit gap, but Toronto’s more worried about rounding into defensive form as the post season nears.
Chicago’s controlled this original six matchup, winning five of the last six and 13 of the last 16 against Toronto. Incredibly, the Maple Leafs haven’t defeated the Blackhawks in Chicago since 2003, losing the last seven games at the United Center. Wager on a straight up win for Chicago, based on strong recent and historical trends against the Leafs.
Kings at Flames – Bet Calgary Puckline (-1.5, +170)
Los Angeles was walloped by the Vancouver Canucks last night, giving up a 6-2 margin during the first leg of their western Canada back-to-back. They’ll be playing against the Calgary Flames this evening, who’ve dropped two consecutive overtime games after winning seven games in a row.
The Kings were atop the Pacific Division prior to their extended swoon, which started in mid-December, including a six-game losing streak in January. This allowed the Flames to go on an extended winning trend to leapfrog Los Angeles into third place in the division.
A win against Calgary would be huge for the Kings, who’ve won only three games in their last ten. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Flames have the Kings number over the past couple of years, with Calgary taking five of the last six meetings. Since Los Angeles has been playing poorly, pick the puckline to lift the reward to +170, instead of the expensive -185 straight up moneyline.
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