San Jose Sharks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 22, 2021

Facing a Sharks team playing the second half of a back-to-back, will Toronto's offence finally break through on Friday night?

San Jose
14-11-0-1
AT
October 22, 2021, 6:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
18-7-1-1
Puckline +1.5 -115
Moneyline +210
Over / Under o +6

24%

Betting Action

76%

Puckline -1.5 -105
Moneyline -255
Over / Under u +6

24%

Betting Action

76%

It might have seemed like a bit of an anomaly for the Toronto Maple Leafs to be a superior Under option in the shortened 2020-21 season. But after the first four games of the new campaign, Toronto bettors might have to accept this as the new normal as the Maple Leafs prepare to welcome the San Jose Sharks to Scotiabank Arena on Friday. A slow start on offence and some sensational defensive work have made Toronto an Under bettor’s dream.

Toronto is a -241 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Sharks vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Odds

Toronto’s first meeting with San Jose since March 3, 2020 is an advantageous one for the hosts, with the Sharks playing the back end of a back-to-back following Thursday’s 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Sharks and Maple Leafs have played four consecutive games with multi-goal outcomes, with Toronto winning three of those contests. That might generate some interest in the Maple Leafs puck line, which sits at -100.

The Sports Interaction crowd is firmly on the side of the Blue and White, with 86 per cent of bettors taking the Maple Leafs. And with the number sitting at 6.0, a 60 per cent majority of wagerers are taking the plunge on the Under at +100 (with the Over at -120). Toronto has gone below the number in each of its first four games this season, with the Maple Leafs averaging just 3.8 total goals per game over that span.

San Jose Sharks

Special teams success or failure is often correlative to overall team outlooks – and the Sharks have been one of the top teams in the NHL in this area so far. They enter Friday’s encounter ranked third in the league with a 41.7 per cent success rate on the power play, while killing off all eight of their opponents’ man-advantage chances (with a short-handed goal for good measure). San Jose ranked 29th in PP success rate and 14th on the penalty kill last season.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs are wowing the hockey world with strong defence and goaltending, but some fans and backers are wondering where the goals are. Only six different skaters have found the back of the net so far, with William Nylander and rookie Michael Bunting the only players with multiple goals to date. But you can expect an uptick at some point with the return of superstar Auston Matthews, who was held scoreless in his season debut last time out.

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