The Florida Panthers play their fifth game on the road when they face Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. The Panthers had their six-game winning streak snapped in their last game against Montreal Canadiens. It was the first time that Florida failed to register a goal since last year’s NHL preseason game against the Predators in September. While this statistic is rare, the Panthers head into Canada with a 28-17-5 record that should make them a team to fear.
Toronto Maple Leafs have been notching up wins of late, and when they host the Panthers, they will be hoping to make it four games in a row. Their last NHL match was against Ottawa Senators when they defeated them 2-1 during overtime. The game on Monday pits the Atlantic Division’s third-ranked team in the Maple Leafs against the fourth-best team in the Panthers.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers Prediction
The Maple Leafs are not too far from the summit of the Eastern Conference. However, they have stiff competition in the Boston Bruins (#1) and Tampa Bay Lightning (#3). A loss at home to the Panthers can leave their playoff position in a precarious position. Florida will be buoyed by the fact that they won the last match that the two teams played last month and will tap into the same reservoir to win this time around.
Despite failing to score against the Canadiens, the Panthers had an amazing 29 shots on goal against Carey Price. Florida’s key player is Jonathan Huberdeau, who leads the team in points with 65 and 47 assists this season.
The issue has been on the defensive end of the game, with an average of 3.26 goals per game. The Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 19-13-4 and managed only a single shutout the entire season.
The Maple Leafs has averaged 2.35 goals which are slightly better than their opponents. Goaltender, Chris Driedger, is 5-2-0 with one shutout and will moss the match on Monday. He is joined by Aleksander Barkov on the sidelines and could possibly swing the odds the other way.
Toronto has a 28-17-7 record thanks to the goals from Austin Matthews. He leads the team with 36 goals this season that has seen him rack up 61 points in the process. As a team, the offensive output has managed an average of 3.60 per game which could be key in this match.
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With Austin Matthews’ career record against the Panthers standing at five goals in 13 games, he’ll be the danger man to watch. The 8-4 loss back on Jan. 12 will be a distant memory for the Maple Leafs, who are scoring at will and look set to find form just in time for the postseason games.
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Date & Time: Monday February 3, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)
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