To beat the Leafs as home team, you'd better have everything working. Fortunately for the St. Louis Blues, things couldn’t be going any better as they put their 10-game winning streak on the line Tuesday night against visiting Toronto.
Each of the Blues’ last three wins have been shutouts, but keeping that streak going could prove tough against a Maple Leafs team with the league’s highest road scoring average.
Maple Leafs vs Blues Betting Analysis
The Blues are being given the upper hand in oddsmakers’ eyes thanks to their franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak. And as good as the Maple Leafs have been away from Scotiabank Arena this season (19-8-2 SU, 3.69 goals per game), they have just one win in their previous seven games against teams with losing home records and have dropped five straight games in their head-to-head series with St. Louis.
With the Blues playing truly dominant defensive hockey and the Leafs boasting an impressive offence, oddsmakers have split the difference and set the total at 6. And nearly two-thirds of Sports Interaction bettors are leaning toward the over. But Toronto comes in having converted the under in seven of its previous 10 road games, while the Blues, as you might imagine, are 6-2-1 to the under in their past nine outings overall.
Toronto Maple Leafs
On a team full of consistent road contributors, Toronto’s superstar center duo stands out above the rest. John Tavares has 19 goals through his first 29 road games so far this season, second only to Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (24). And Auston Matthews is hot on his heels, sitting tied for 11th league-wide in away goals with 16 despite having played just 22 road games. Tavares and Mitch Marner share the club lead with 35 road points apiece.
St. Louis Blues
The Maple Leafs might dodge a bullet in this one, with Jake Allen expected to get the start in goal ahead of Jordan Binnington. Allen has struggled for the majority of the season, coming into this one with a 17-15-4 record to go along with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Binnington, on the other hand, has been one of the hottest netminders in the NHL, boasting a 12-1-1 mark with a 1.58 GAA, a .937 SV% and four shutouts.