Maple Leafs vs. Sharks Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Ryan Raeburn | Updated Nov 15, 2018

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It’s become obvious that without Matthews in the lineup; the Toronto Maple Leafs rely on Frederik Anderson the most.

Toronto
46-28-6-2
AT
November 15, 2018, 10:30 PM ET
SAP Center at San Jose
San Jose
46-27-6-3
Puckline +1.5 -225
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +6

73%

Betting Action

27%

Puckline -1.5 +185
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +6

73%

Betting Action

27%

Yes, another game without Auston Matthews. That’s not really the story of this game, however. What definitely caught most people off guard though was the performance the Sharks put out on Tuesday night. They posted five goals and beat Nashville 5-4 and have now won four of their last six.

Maple Leafs vs Sharks Betting Analysis

The score really doesn’t tell the story. San Jose was all over the Preds early and they’ll have to follow the same strategy in this one too. The Leafs have done a great job of hitting the scoreboard early and often as shows with their league second best 63 goals for this season.

With that said, they’ve been a little unpredictable as of late. They beat the Kings last game 5-1, lost to Boston on the Saturday 5-1, but beat New Jersey the night before that 6-1. They’ve become so sporadic that San Jose enters this game favored by -130 straight up.

While the Leafs 7-1 road record is impressive, the Sharks 4-0 ATS in their last four on home ice and are 7-2 ATS following a game with five or more goals for.

Toronto Maple Leafs

It’s become obvious without Matthews in the lineup; the team relies on Frederik Anderson the most. How he plays determines everything. Sure, you could say that about any goalie, but there is a major difference in play when Anderson is heavily tested. He is currently fifth in the league in GAA at 2.02 and is 6-2 when facing 30 shots or more.

San Jose Sharks

That Anderson stat could be a blessing or a curse for the Sharks. San Jose controlled the puck for 72 percent of the first period last game and posted 18 shots in the opening frame as well. In a game that saw Joe Thornton bury his 400th career goal, the Sharks improved their home record to an impressive 6-2. They also climbed into first place in the Pacific at 10-6-3 ahead of Vancouver.

To win this game, they’ll need to keep up their relentless attack, but also play a very sound game positionally. The Leafs are a team that has shown more than enough capability of capitalizing on the breakout. There’s a reason San Jose has the best goal differential in their division though. They’ll need to hold off on their risky pinches to come away victorious on Thursday night.

Maple Leafs vs. Sharks Prediction

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