San Jose Sharks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Picks & NHL Predictions
San Jose Sharks vs Toronto Maple Leafs will be a big game this week and we have picks & NHL predictions available.
The NHL season hasn’t exactly gone to plan so far for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They had begun the season as one of the favourites to win the Stanley Cup, but their early-season form hasn’t exactly screamed out potential champions.
Can they turn the tide when the San Jose Sharks come to town?
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Toronto Maple Leafs Form
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t started the season anywhere near the level that fans may have been hoping for. They already have the pressure on Mike Babcock is at an all-time high.
He has been saying throughout his tenure that he is building a squad to win, but now fans feel like he is under-delivering when it really matters.
They are currently third in their division but have played two more games than most sides in the division. They have won five of their eleven matches so far this season and have lost on four occasions.
The Maple Leafs do score an awful lot of goals, as no other side in the division can claim to have scored more than their 40.
However, their 39 conceded goals is also a league-high and an area that must be addressed soon. They will come into this match having lost their last two, and three in their last found.
The first of these back-to-back defeats came against the Blue Jackets before they were humbled in Boston by the Bruins.
Kasperi Kapanen and Alexander Kerfoot got the goals in this defeat, but they will need to improve drastically.
San Jose Sharks Form
The San Jose Sharks haven’t got started at all so far this season and are currently stuck in a rot of their own.
They have only won three of their nine fixtures so far this season and have lost on five occasions. They have scored a league-low of 24 goals, and have conceded the second-highest amount of goals.
Sharks will come into this clash after losing their last two. These two defeats have both been big defeats against the Sabres.
The Sharks have conceded eight goals in these two matches. The most recent fixture saw the Sharks lost 4-3 after overtime.
Erik Karlsson, Dylan Gambrell and Marc-Edouard Vlasic got the goals for San Jose.
San Jose Sharks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Head-to-Head
The Maple Leafs have a torrid record against the Sharks. San Jose have won 14 of the previous meetings, while Toronto have only won four times.
One of these victories have come in overtime for the Sharks.
The Leafs score 2.4 goals per fixture, while the Sharks average a significantly higher rate of 3.7.
Toronto Maple Leafs Team News
The home side will be without Zach Hyman, Travis Dermott and Mason Marchment for the game. Meanwhile, captain John Tavares will also be missing.
San Jose Sharks Team News
Radim Simek, Jacob Middleton and Dalton Prout will be missing for the Sharks.
San Jose Sharks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Picks
The Maple Leafs will know that this is a huge game, and they will be buoyed by the return of Auston Matthews. He was rested for their recent game against the Bruins.
They are a much better side on paper than their opponents, and the preference would be for the home side.
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