Hurricanes vs Leafs Odds, Prediction & Best NHL Pick for Friday
- The Toronto Maple Leafs are -225 favorites in the Hurricanes vs Leafs odds on Friday (Mar. 17) at 7:00pm ET
- Toronto is 40-18-9 this season, while Carolina is 44-14-8
- Read below for the complete Hurricanes vs Leafs odds, plus best bets – including a same-game parlay
Toronto entertains the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night in an Eastern Conference clash.
Will the Toronto Maple Leafs win and gain a big two points?
Let’s look at the Hurricanes vs Leafs odds and offer you our best NHL pick for this Friday night contest.
Hurricanes vs Maple Leafs Odds
|Carolina Hurricanes||+1.5 (-225)||O 6 (-115)||+105|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||-1.5 (+185)||U 6 (-105)||-125|
Toronto comes in as a slight home favorite at -125 on the moneyline while Carolina is a +105 underdog . Game totals steadied at 6 at the opening.
Stanley Cup odds are intriguing with Toronto at +900 and Carolina +950 to win it all. Now, playoff odds remain a lock for both teams.
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Two of the more dangerous offenses but better defenses face off against each other which should make for some exciting playoff-like hockey.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm ET at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. The game is broadcasted on NHL Network and TVAS.
Carolina Still Leads The Metropolitan Division
Now, the Carolina Hurricanes still lead the Metropolitan Division, but have lost a huge cog in their team. Andrei Svechnikov suffered a significant knee injury and the rest of his season is very much in doubt. Losing someone who can score 40+ goals for a playoff run is huge.
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Andrei Svechnikov (LW, RW) | CAR#LetsGoCaneshttps://t.co/pRHjWLTVXn
— CapFriendly Transactions (@CF_Transactions) March 16, 2023
With Svechnikov undergoing ACL repair surgery, the Hurricanes try to replace his lost production in the lineup anyway they can. Now, two of the top face-off teams go against one another. Carolina also allows the least shots per game in the NHL (25.7) and the second-fewest goals per game (2.52). Their discipline is top-notch with an 84% penalty kill while averaging only 7.9 penalty minutes taken per contest.
Carolina still possesses ten players with ten or more goals led by Sebastian Aho and his 27 goals in 59 games. Martin Necas leads the Hurricanes with 27 goals and 61 points in 66 games. Goaltending is a little bit of an issue, but with so few shots faced, Frederik Andersen, Antti Raanta, and Piotr Kochetkov simply have to stop shots at slightly above league average to win games.
One concern is goal scoring and goaltending come the playoffs. However, that is not a worry right now. The priority for Carolina remains to stay the course and find scoring to complement their defense. Currently, the 2023 Vezina top-ten candidate has long-shot odds but Frederik Andersen may get the nod against his former team on Friday.
Toronto Wants Home Ice For Round 1
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a slight edge on Tampa Bay for home ice in Round 1 of the NHL Playoffs. Now, it is their goal to keep things that way.
Aside from Ryan O’Reilly being out of action, Toronto has a fully healthy Auston Matthews. It may be a matter of time before he starts scoring goals like most experts and fans are used to.
Mitch Marner (29:10) & Auston Matthews (26:52), who played big minutes last night, are absent from practice
Leafs prepping for a St. Pat’s showdown with the Hurricanes pic.twitter.com/InXjjfwLkM
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 16, 2023
The Maple Leafs are solid in their own end themselves, allowing 2.67 goals per game and 28,9 shots per night which rank fifth and sixth overall.
Even better for Toronto, their power-play still clicks at 25.2 % (third) and the Leafs average 3.39 goals per game (8th in the NHL). What may be scary is the Maple Leafs, like the Hurricanes, are capable of even more offense.
This team creates chances driven by their transitional offense, which has more star power than the Hurricanes too.
Hurricanes vs Leafs Recent Results
|11/6/2022||CAR 1 – TOR 3||TOR||TOR||Under|
|3/17/2022||TOR 3 – CAR 2||TOR||TOR||Under|
|2/7/2022||TOR 4 – CAR 3 (OT)||TOR||CAR||Over|
|10/25/2021||CAR 4 – TOR 1||CAR||CAR||Under|
|2/22/2020||TOR 3 – CAR 6||CAR||CAR||Over|
The teams met earlier this season in a defensive struggle where Toronto prevailed 3-1 in Carolina.
Hurricanes vs Leafs Prediction
Both teams come in rested with Carolina getting two nights. The Hurricanes won 5-3 in Winnipeg on Tuesday night while Toronto lost a tough shootout at home to Colorado. Toronto gets caught playing tight, defensive hockey in games like this.
Hurricanes vs Leafs Same-Game Parlay Picks
|Under 5.5 Goals||+105|
The game carries the potential of being a “Darryl Sutter” classic or a 3-2 type of contest. Both teams want to show their might, but know playing a little defensive may tip the scales.
Expect Toronto and Carolina to play like this is a playoff game. With playoff intensity comes lower scoring and tighter checking. However, there will be quite a few scoring chances in what should be an entertaining affair.
Pick: Under 6.0 goals (EVEN)
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