Carolina hockey players beat Toronto three of their last four personal meetings at the Scotiabank Arena. Will Sheldon Kif wards be able to beat such a difficult opponent for themselves in the upcoming match? Our prediction: Maple Leaves this time will be closer to victory!
Carolina Hurricanes (22-12-2)
Carolina is doing very well. The team from the very start of the season is very confident in the distance of the regular season, avoiding serious recessions. Yes, in November there were four defeats in a row, but Rod Brindamore’s wards gave out four consecutive victories, which indicated that they had no recession and crisis. In the last eight meetings, “hurricanes” only once left the ice without points, losing to “Florida” – 2-4, and in the remaining matches of this segment they were able to win six victories. As before, the “hurricanes” show a very bright and attractive game for the fans, which allows them to be on the fourth line in the standings of the Eastern Conference.
Toronto Maple Leafs (19-14-4)
“Toronto” after the dismissal of Mike Babcock continues to add. In 14 meetings led by Sheldon Kif, the “maple leaves” were able to win ten victories, which can be considered a tremendous progress compared to what it was before. Players finally freed themselves, began to act more confidently in an alien zone, while minimizing their own mistakes. The Canadian club is approaching the upcoming match in great shape, alternately beating Edmonton, Buffalo, Rangers and Detroit. Obviously, “Toronto” is recovering, and in the standings of the Eastern Conference “maple leaves” have already risen to seventh line.
- Carolina won the last match against Toronto with a score of 4: 1.
- Toronto lost in the previous two out of three meetings against the Hurricanes.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs Head to Head
Within the NHL, over the past ten years, the teams have held 37 personal meetings with each other. On the account of “maple leaves” 14 victories, and “hurricanes” were stronger in 23 fights. The difference in goals was also on the side of the guests of the upcoming confrontation – 115: 100. Last season, the rivals met three times: twice the victory was celebrated by the Carolina players – 5: 2 and 4: 1, and once the Toronto hockey players – 4: 1.
“Carolina” at the moment was able to gain such power that in the majority of the match she herself determines when to increase the pace and begin to show her hockey, and when it is possible to offer the opponent a viscous manner of play. All this applies to many rivals, but not to Toronto, which is now in great shape and in its stands will not leave the “hurricanes” the choice of how to play. This can be a big problem for the wards of Rod Brindamor, since the performing skills of the “maple leaves” are no less and in an open battle they have more chances of success. Based on this, the hosts are the favorites of the battle, and you can bet on the victory of “Toronto” in the match in BC “Marathon” with a coefficient of 1.81.
“Toronto” and “Carolina” are two young, daring and skillful teams, which with great pleasure show open and attacking hockey. This is also confirmed by statistics for the season, according to which in 36 meetings involving “hurricanes” 215 goals were abandoned (5.97 on average per game), and “maple leaves” in 37 matches recorded 241 goals (6.51 in average per game). The face-to-face confrontation of such opponents promises to take place on a collision course with a large number of dangerous moments and goals, so the best option for the forecast is the total of more (6) goals with a coefficient of 1.89 in Melbet BC.
In recent matches, Oston Matthews, who had some performance problems, finally returned to his level. Of course, he is Toronto’s top scorer at the moment, having scored 41 points in 37 games (23 goals + 18 assists), but they still expect much more from him. And in the last three matches he chalked up 7 points (4 goals + 3 assists), which allowed his team to win these games. Obviously, the star striker scored optimal conditions, so you should look at the total bet for more than 1.5 Oston Matthews points with a coefficient of 2.10.