The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the biggest stories of the NHL season so far with three wins in their first four games. Toronto has averaged 5.0 goals per game thanks in large part to their superstar centers and the league’s best powerplay. Auston Matthews and John Tavares have combined for 13 goals in their first four contests. Meanwhile, the Toronto powerplay has clicked at a league-best 50.0% rate. Those strengths will be in the spotlight once again when the Maple Leafs visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Maple Leafs vs Red Wings Betting Analysis
Toronto has averaged 5.0 goals per game this season. The Maple Leafs have also allowed an average of 4.3 goals per game for a combined average of 9.3 goals per game overall. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise hockey fans have been betting the over to hit in their games. Toronto has won each of its first two road games by a combined 14-10 score.
Meanwhile, Detroit ranks near the bottom of the NHL with an average of just 2.0 goals per game through its first three contests. The Red Wings are still looking for their first win of the season with a 0-1-2 record. It is worth noting that two of Detroit’s first three games went to overtime or the shootout. However, they will have a tough time getting past regulation with a team as talented as the Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto certainly hasn’t had any trouble scoring goals early on this season. The Maple Leafs are capable of striking in waves and their powerplay has been virtually unstoppable early on. Matthews has seven goals and 10 points in four games. Tavares has six goals, while Mitch Marner has two goals and eight points. The biggest question surrounding Toronto right now is whether or not they will be able to slow down opposing teams. However, as long as they continue to score so many goals it really won’t matter how many goals they give up. The Maple Leafs should have no problem outscoring the struggling Red Wings on Thursday night.
Detroit Red Wings
The fact that Matthews has scored more goals on his own than Detroit has produced as a team is a major red flag. The Red Wings have been held to just six goals through four games, which is one fewer than Matthews has recorded in as many contests. Tyler Bertuzzi has led the way for Detroit with two goals. Meanwhile, Gustav Nyquist, Dylan Larkin and Dennis Cholowski all have three points each. The lone bright spot for the Red Wings has been the play of goaltender Jimmy Howard. The veteran netminder is 0-0-2 with a 2.36 goals against average and a .924 save percentage in two starts. Howard will be in tough to slow down the high scoring Maple Leafs on Thursday night. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he suffers his worst performance of the season in a game that Toronto runs away with on the road.
Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Prediction
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