NHL Betting: Free Scoring Maple Leafs Favourites To Beat Dallas


The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a rich vein of form and are worth backing tonight against the Dallas Stars, says Unibet columnist Mike Fuller...


Dallas Stars 2.20, the Draw 3.80, Toronto Maple Leafs 2.85 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT)

Toronto is a great place to be when the Leafs are streaking to six in a row. The hype is building and rightly so when they're scoring freely and exciting to watch.

Beating Minnesota on Tuesday gave the Stars only their second success in the last 11 games and whilst the levels of commitment were positive they spent so much time on the powerplay courtesy of the Wild's indiscipline it was almost gifted to them.

Four more contests remain in their current homestand and making the most of that in the run up to the Olympic break is crucial, aside from Minnesota lowly Edmonton are the other side they've managed to beat at American Airlines Center in six.

Before that shutout win their goals against average was set to creep up over 3.00 and against Toronto's red hot top line and powerplay I think they could be in for a tough night, their best defenceman Stephane Robidas isn't coming back from a broken leg anytime soon either.

Despite the vast difference in form of the two clubs the Leafs are available at 2.85, they should be able to make it seven up tonight.

 

San Jose Sharks 1.70, the Draw, Winnipeg Jets 4.15 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 03.35 GMT)

Unbeaten in four games under Paul Maurice, the Winnipeg Jets are reaping instant rewards for their coaching change and their most recent win at Anaheim; the first regulation home defeat the Ducks have suffered all season, means this resurgence is truly on.

They can ill afford too much self-congratulating given with the ground they need to make and move down the Pacific coast to the second best home record in the West owned by San Jose, the Sharks themselves are also riding a stretch of four victories so something has to give.

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is enjoying himself in this stretch and for all the improvement shown they've need him to be very good, it's also been a while since Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little failed to feature on the scoresheet in some form. For San Jose look out for Joe Pavelski who has six goals in the last three games and is now amongst the top five scorers in the entire league, at home in particular they tend dominate the shot count so I'm hoping Pavelec is prepared for a busy night.

Winnipeg deserve more credit than the odds are giving them and must be confident enough to take the chances they will be afforded, however I think taking on the tie through regulation at 4.15 is a smarter move than an outright victory for them for 4.05.

 

Best Bet: Toronto Maple Leafs to win at 2.85.