Toronto Maple Leafs @ Minnesota Wild / NHL – One of the interesting couples in this round is a duel between Minnesota and Toronto. Both teams that are in good shape and this will surely be an interesting encounter. Minnesota is in the seventh position of the Western Conference before this duel, while Toronto is second in the Eastern Conference. Begins: 15.12.2017. – 02:00 CET
In the last six championship games, Minnesota has recorded five wins and they are in a great atmosphere welcoming this match. They only lost from Los Angeles Kings and that was away. They do not score a lot of goals, but they also do not receive a lot of goals and they are playing very firm in defence. They did not open the season in the best way and in the first seven games, they only made two wins. They have improved their game afterwards and they have started to achieve better results. By mid-last month they were in a series of six wins in eight matches.
After that, they experienced two defeats, and then raised their form again. Interestingly, they recorded the last three wins after extra time. They first defeated Anaheim with 2:3, and then they were better than San Jose Sharks with 3:4. This match was also played outside their hall. In the last round, they have defeated Calgary in front of their fans. Minnesota has only suffered five defeats in 14 games in their field.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto is definitely the finest surprise in the previous part of the championship. No one hoped that they would after 32 games played another position be at the second next against teams such as Pittsburgh, Washington and New York Rangers. However, Maple Leafs’ players have been playing very well since the start of the season and are well deserved in the second place. At the end of October and early November they were in a small crisis and experienced five defeats in six games played. However, after that negative series they played much better and in the upcoming period they achieved six wins.
Their positive series continued in the championship, and in the last seven games they only experienced two defeats. After three wins over Calgary, Pittsburgh and Edmonton, Toronto players lost to Philadelphia in the last round. Although they had the lead after two thirds of 1:2, they eventually lost with 4:2. The third period was very tough in which they received even three goals. This was the seventh guest defeat of Toronto in 17 matches.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Minnesota Wild PICK
Minnesota had much more success in the last five mutual matches. They celebrated in four games, and Toronto was only better in the last match that took place this season, more precisely at the beginning of last month. Toronto had a better result in that match 4:2 and Minnesota now has a chance for revenge. Given that they are playing excellent in their hall, we expect a home team to win.
Pick: Minnesota Wild wins
Odds: 1.83 at William Hill (down to 1.80 can be played)