Maple Leafs vs. Ducks Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 16, 2018

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The Toronto Maple Leafs complete the always-tough California Swing on Friday night by playing the second of a back-to-back at the Anaheim Ducks.

Toronto
46-28-6-2
AT
November 16, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
Honda Center
Anaheim
35-37-7-3
Puckline -1.5 +200
Moneyline -140
Over / Under o +5.5

75%

Betting Action

25%

Puckline +1.5 -240
Moneyline +120
Over / Under u +5.5

75%

Betting Action

25%

The California Swing is an annual rite of passage for just about every team in the NHL, especially those in the Eastern Conference who play those three clubs – the Kings, Ducks and Sharks – just once on the road. Teams can usually count on one set of back-to-backs in the three games.

That’s the case for Toronto on Friday as it visits Anaheim a night after playing in San Jose. It’s unusual that the league sent the Leafs to Los Angeles to face the Kings on Tuesday, then to San Jose for Thursday and then Anaheim. when it makes more sense to just stay in the Los Angeles area and face the Kings and Ducks (in whichever order) in consecutive games.

Maple Leafs vs Ducks Betting Analysis

Toronto swept Anaheim last year and is 5-2 at the Honda Center this decade. Jake Gardiner (3A), William Nylander (2G, 1A) and Auston Matthews (2G, 1A) led the Leafs with three points vs. the Ducks in 2017-18. Only Gardiner is playing now with Nylander holding out and Matthews injured. Frederik Andersen played in two games but got the decision in just one and had a 2.56 GAA and .930 save percentage. Andersen spent his first three NHL seasons with Anaheim.

Corey Perry led the Ducks with four points vs. the Leafs, all assists. Rickard Rakell and Ondrej Kase each had two goals. Perry has yet to play this season due to knee surgery and isn’t anywhere close. John Gibson and Ryan Miller each started in next and lost vs. Toronto.

Toronto is 10-3 in the past 13 meetings.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs look to complete the California Sweep as they won at the Kings 5-1 on Tuesday and then at the Sharks 5-3 on Thursday. Andersen was in net for both and stopped 42 shots vs. San Jose. Toronto’s only loss in the past six was in Boston when backup Garret Sparks got the call. He is expected in net here in the second of a back-to-back. Sparks is 2-1-0 with a 4.00 GAA and .879 SV this year. He won his lone career start vs. Anaheim despite allowing five goals.

Kasperi Kapanen was the star Thursday as he ended a four-game pointless streak with two goals, including the game-winner shorthanded at 12:06 of the second. He has eight goals on the year. The Leafs are 8-1 in their past nine road games.

Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks are in a stretch of seven of eight at home, but that one road game was a quick flight to Las Vegas on Wednesday and Anaheim lost 5-0 – the team has alternated wins and losses since ending a seven-game losing streak. The Ducks did outshoot the Knights 29-25 and were much better in the faceoff circle (59.3 per cent to 40.7 per cent). However, Vegas scored both on the power play and short-handed. Gibson was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots.

The injury-ravaged Ducks took another big blow Monday when top blueliner Cam Fowler was hit in the face by a puck. He will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a right facial fracture and obviously will miss a while. He leads the team in average ice time (24:42) and is third in points with 10. Huge loss. Anaheim has won seven of its past 10 vs. the East.

Maple Leafs vs. Ducks Prediction

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