Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 02, 2023

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators

After dispatching the Senators in Ottawa on Saturday, the Maple Leafs make the trek back home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday evening.

April 02, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Puckline +1.5 -113
Moneyline +217
Over / Under o +6.5


Betting Action


Puckline -1.5 -107
Moneyline -262
Over / Under u +6.5


Betting Action


It’s another action-packed weekend for Sheldon Keefe’s Torontonian outfit, as they’ll have played once again on both Saturday and Sunday night. This time the latter is a rare home game.

Vegas has Toronto as a -125 favourite on the puckline (-298 on the moneyline) on the NHL odds, whereas the total is established at 6.5 goal.

Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Odds

Tonight’s matchup concludes the four-game regular season series between these sides. At the moment Toronto holds a 2-1 edge, although Detroit conquered the most recent game back in mid-January.

The Red Wings are precariously close to being eliminated from playoff contention. They’ll need to win virtually all of their games and get a lot of help from several teams above them in the standings. Going 4-6 in their past 10 games hasn’t helped. Predicting whether the over or under will connect has been tricky as well. Detroit is 5-4-1 against the under during that same span. Moreover, the outright results of their contests have been wildly unpredictable. They battered Pittsburgh and defeated Carolina, yet fell to Philadelphia and St. Louis.

 If it feels as though Toronto has partaken in many back-to-backs recently, they have. Sunday marks the fourth occasion in a month. The good news is that whether they won or lost the first contest, they won the second every time. Toronto even found itself in this situation just last Sunday when playing Nashville after tussling with Carolina on Saturday. The Leafs have been a bit less consistent these days. Wins and losses flip-flopped in the previous six games.

Detroit Red Wings

If there is a prime example of how not to demonstrate that a club is ready to chase a final postseason spot, what Detroit did Friday night in Winnipeg could serve as the prime exhibit.

The Jets turned on the after-burners early and often in this contest, flying out to the 3-0 first-period advantage. Goals came from Kyle Connor (29th), Blake Wheeler (16th), and Mark Scheifele (39th), piling as much misery as possible onto the Red Wings, who never looked as if they were up for the game. Things only got worse in the middle frame, with the hosts slotting in two more goals, ballooning the lead to 5-0. It was a risible effort from Detroit, who desperately needed the points, which probably speaks to why they are in their current position (read: not in the playoffs).  David Perron (20th) and Joe Veleno (eighth) would eventually outdo Connor Hellebuyck, but it merely made it a 6-2 final.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Exactly two weeks prior the Maple Leafs and Senators had duelled in the Nation’s Capital in a thrilling contest worthy of their storied rivalry.This time things didn’t play in so dramatic a fashion.

That’s not to say Ottawa didn’t put in a decent effort. They did, but it felt clear that the Maple Leafs were simply the hungrier and, more importantly, the more talented side. They forced Mads Sogaard into some excellent saves in the first period, but he wouldn’t hold the fort forever. Off a bit of a lazy and dangerous defensive attempt to clear the puck in the second frame, Michael Bunting (22nd) sniped a shot to open the scoring. William Nylander (37th) doubled Toronto’s advantage around the middle of the period before Radim Zohorna scored his first goal on a shot that Sogaard definitely should have had. From 0-0 to 3-0 in 20 minutes. The Sens pushed in the final period, but Ilya Samsonov was solid and wouldn’t let the hosts enjoy any celebrations, stopping all 31 shots in his direction.

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