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Maple Leafs vs Lightning Picks & NHL Predictions

Maple Leafs vs Lightning Picks & NHL Predictions

Maple Leafs vs Lightning Picks & NHL Predictions

The NHL has returned with a bang and we have Maple Leafs vs Lightning Picks & NHL Predictions for the game this week.

All eyes will be on the Toronto Maple Leafs as they look to rediscover their form after two straight defeats.

They host the Tampa Bay Lightning who will be looking for a second win of the season.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Form

The Toronto Maple Leafs began the season as the second favourites to end their wait for a Stanley Cup success.

Their young squad led by Mike Babcock had gotten off to the best possible start with two straight wins, but they have now lost their last two.

Off-ice problems involving Austin Matthews are threatening to have a damaging effect on the team and they will need to rectify this before it gets out of hand.

There is at least a solid foundation for the coach to build on as he revealed that John Tavares will be the 25th captain of the franchise a few weeks ago.

However, on the ice, they have been well below what is required over the last two games. If their first defeat they blew a 4-1 lead before falling to the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout.

This was followed with another defeat against the St Louis Blues. It was the third period again, which was their undoing as they conceded in the final third to lose the game.

They will have to improve drastically if they are to live up to the bookmakers’ hopes for them.

Tampa Bay Lightning Form

Tampa Bay come into the game after winning just once in their three outings in the NHL this season. This win came on the opening night as they beat the Panthers 5-2.

This has been followed up by back to back defeats against the Panthers and Hurricanes. These two performances were very unlike what we saw on the opening night, and there is a feeling that they may not be very good on their travels this season.

Both of these defeats have come away from Tampa Bay, and they will be hoping to turn that tide when they travel to Toronto.

They should have a chance if they play like they did in the first game of the season.

Maple Leafs vs Lightning Head-to-Head

Tampa Bay holds a clear advantage in the overall record having won on 31 occasions. The Maple Leafs have won on 25 occasions.

Both sides have won four times in overtime, but the Lightning holds the record for the most wins in shootouts.

The Maple Leafs average 2.8 goals per game in this NHL fixture, while the Lightning average 2.9.

Toronto Maple Leafs Team News

The Leafs will be without a host of high-quality players. They will be missing Travis Dermott, Zach Hyman, Mason Marchment, Kalle Kossila and Nathan Horton.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team News

Tampa will be without Brayden Point, Cedric Paquette and Daniel Walcott for their trip to Toronto.

Maple Leafs vs Lightning Picks & NHL Predictions

The Maple Leafs will need to get a win to get them back on the right track, and it’s pretty hard given the Tampa away record to bet against them on their home ice in Toronto.

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Alex Dudley
Alex Dudley
Alex has travelled the world covering major sporting events for various websites and publications. He has attended football European Championships, Rugby League and Union World Cups, and the Paralympics. He has covered wrestling, horse racing and boxing events and now his writing can be seen at BettingBoss.

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