Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 07, 2024

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Every point matters for the Pittsburgh Penguins' playoff hopes as they look to win a fifth straight game when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

April 08, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
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Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +170
Moneyline -140
Over / Under u +6

Just two games on Monday in the final full week of the NHL’s regular season, and the first matchup is crucial in the Eastern Conference playoff race as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Leafs opened as -160 favourites to win on the NHL odds.

Penguins vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Odds

Toronto is in the Eastern Conference playoff field and now seems likely locked into finishing third in the Atlantic instead of second or fourth. That would mean the Maple Leafs take on the Florida Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.

Tampa Bay is all but locked into the East’s top wild-card spot (fourth in the division) and Pittsburgh is battling the likes of Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington for the second spot. The Pens have a very tough finish as they host the Red Wings, Bruins and Predators before closing on April 17 at the New York Islanders.

Monday concludes the regular-season series between these clubs with each having won at home very early in the season. No Pittsburgh player has more than a point. Tristan Jarry started both in net and has a 4.41 goals-against average and .872 save per centage. Tyler Bertuzzi (1G, 3A) leads the Leafs with four points in the series, while Matthew Knies (2G, 1A) and Max Domi (1G, 2A) have three each. Auston Matthews played in one of the two and didn’t have a point. Joseph Woll allowed three goals in his loss, and Martin Jones pitched a shutout in his win.

The teams have split the past 10 meetings overall. The over-under is 4-6 in them.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are getting hot at the right time as they have won four straight and six of seven following a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Before this streak, it sure didn’t look like this was a playoff team at 30-30-10. Pittsburgh blew a 4-1 third-period lead against the Lightning but Michael Bunting’s 18th goal of the season was the winner at 14:32 of the third. Sidney Crosby opened the scoring with his 40th goal of the year, becoming the seventh different player in NHL history to reach that mark at 36 years or older. Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist with both goals in the second. It was his 34th career multi-goal period and to pass Crosby (33) and Toronto’s Auston Matthews (33) for the second-most instances among active players, trailing only Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (81). The Penguins are riding goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic hard, but he hasn’t lost in regulation since March 9, going 7-0-2 over his last 10 outings with a 2.52 GAA and .915 save per centage. Pittsburgh is 3-9 in its past 12 on the road.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto won for the fourth time in five games Saturday, 4-2 in Montreal as Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 64th goal of the season while registering his 100th point. The American joined Brett Hull, Mike Bossy and Alexander Mogilny as the only players in history to reach 60 goals and 100 points in the same game. The only other players with more goals in a season in the past 30 years are Mario Lemieux (69 in 1995-96) and Alex Ovechkin (65 in 2007-08). Matthews has become the seventh U.S.-born player with multiple 100-goal seasons. Mitchell Marner played for the first time since March 7 and had an assist. Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves in his fourth straight win, and it likely will be him again Monday. Toronto is 4-2 in its past six vs. Eastern Conference foes.

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