Anaheim Ducks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 07, 2020

Both teams are involved in a back-to-back on Friday when Toronto hosts Anaheim. The Ducks are on the back end and the Maple Leafs on the front end.

Anaheim
29-33-8-1
AT
February 07, 2020, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
36-25-4-5
Puckline +1.5 -105
Moneyline +215
Over / Under o +6.5

17%

Betting Action

83%

Puckline -1.5 -115
Moneyline -245
Over / Under u +6.5

17%

Betting Action

83%

Not too long ago, all three NHL teams located in California were Stanley Cup contenders. The Los Angeles Kings won two Stanley Cups last decade; the San Jose Sharks lost the 2016 Stanley Cup Final and were in the Western Conference Finals as recently as last year; and the Anaheim Ducks were in the conference finals as recently as 2017.

However, hockey in the Golden State is a disaster this year with its three teams at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings by a wide margin. There will be no post-season hockey in California this spring.

Ducks vs. Maple Leafs Betting Analysis

It’s the first of two meetings between the Ducks and Leafs, with Toronto going to Anaheim on March 6 to complete the three-game California Swing. Last year, Toronto swept by a combined score of 8-2. The one at Scotiabank Arena was 6-1. Andreas Johnsson led the Maple Leafs with four points in the series (2G, 2A), all coming in that home victory. Frederik Andersen and Garret Sparks each got a victory in net.

Corey Perry led the Ducks with four points (4A), while Rickard Rakell had three (2G, 1A). Perry had been a Duck since 2005-06 but is with the Dallas Stars this season. John Gibson and Ryan Miller each took a loss in net, with Miller getting shelled.

The Ducks are 1-6 in their past seven in Toronto, and the over is 6-1 in those.

Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks are 2-1 on a five-game trip and lost 3-2 in overtime in Montreal on Thursday. Anaheim’s Derek Grant tied it 2-2 early in the third with his 12th goal of the season, but the Habs’ Jeff Petry won its 25 seconds into OT. He beat Gibson with a wrist shot on the blocker side. Jakob Silfverberg had the other Anaheim goal, his 16th of the season, to end an eight-game drought. With Gibson starting Thursday, it should be former Canuck Miller here. The 39-year-old is 6-5-2 with a 2.86 GAA and .912 SV. Miller has won his best two, allowing just one goal in each. Anaheim is 9-4 in its past 13 Friday games.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto has lost back-to-back games by a 5-3 score. It was at the New York Rangers on Wednesday as Andersen sat with a neck injury that forced him out of Monday’s game vs. Florida. Michael Hutchinson allowed four goals on 34 shots vs. the Rangers and hasn’t been good this season. Thus, the Leafs addressed that problem late Wednesday by sending a couple of draft picks and forward Trevor Moore to the Los Angeles Kings for their backup netminder Jack Campbell as well as forward Kyle Clifford. Campbell is 8-10-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .900 SV, and Clifford (from Ayr) has six goals and eight assists in 53 games.

Every point is important as Toronto fights for a playoff spot, so it should be Campbell in net here assuming Andersen isn’t ready yet. Blueliner Cody Ceci is out a while after suffering an ankle injury Wednesday. The Leafs are 6-2 in their past eight on Friday.

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