Few teams have the offensive firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Toronto Maple Leafs in an up-and-down shootout. Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks are one of those clubs. The Hawks look for a fourth consecutive victory when they visit Toronto on Wednesday night.
Blackhawks vs Maple Leafs Betting Analysis
Chicago’s high-octane attack is one of the big stories of 2019 in the NHL. The Blackhawks are averaging a league-high 4.28 goals per game since the All-Star break and the over is 23-2-1 in their last 26 games.
The club was enduring one of their worst campaigns in years before the goals started flowing. Chicago has won 14 of its last 20 games, but still five points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Blackhawks are coming off a 7-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes and they’ve allowed just two goals in their last two games. Corey Crawford started both of those games between the pipes for Chicago, but Cam Ward (3.72 GAA) is expected to get the nod for Wednesday’s game.
Toronto fell behind 4-0 and lost 6-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. The Leafs are sixth in the East with 89 points from 69 games. The Buds 6-3 straight up in their last nine games and the over is 7-2 during the same stretch of contests.
The Blackhawks and Maple Leafs are playing for just the second time this season. The Leafs won the first matchup 7-6 in overtime back in October.
Patrick Kane is the powering force behind Chicago’s red-light craze. The former Hart Trophy winner has accumulated 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) in his last 29 games.
Brendan Perlini was the hero of Monday’s win over Arizona. The third-year winger registered his first career hat trick against his former club. More scoring from the secondary forward lines would be a big boost for Chicago’s fleeting playoff hopes.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs caught a break with the NHL’s decision not to suspend Morgan Rielly. Toronto’s Norris Trophy dark horse candidate was suspected of using a homophobic slur toward an NHL official during the loss to the Lightning.
Rielly is second to only San Jose Sharks veteran Brent Burns for most points this season from a blueliner with 65 in 69 games.