Toronto will notch up another victory when they travel south to face the Florida Panthers, writes Unibet columnist Mike Fuller...
Florida Panthers 2.55, the Tie 3.70, Toronto Maple Leafs 2.45 – BET and STREAM live at Unibet TV from 00.35 GMT
Toronto march on and are trying to make it four in a row against a side they put away less than a week ago.
Last Thursday in Toronto the home side waltzed to a 6-3 victory, that result has been part of a three-game slide for the Cats during which they've conceded 16 goals. In their own intermediate stop over the weekend since that meeting, Phil Kessel netted a hat-trick for the Leafs as they racked up six goals once again, not only are they firing as a complete offensive unit but Kessel individually is a top 5 scorer in the league.
The American currently has 61 points to his name and that's more than double Florida's leader Brad Boyes on 26, their offence ranks 28th in goals for and even worse a dreadful powerplay percentage of 8.8 is dead last. There's talent on their defence with Brian Campbell and Dmitry Kulikov but they rarely get relieved of pressure for any significant time, even up until very recently Tim Thomas had a marginal winning record as their starting goaltender so the situation can't be too far gone.
I don't see them as a team that can halt Toronto's hot streak though so back the Leafs who perhaps surprisingly are only marginal favourites at 2.45.
Phoenix Coyotes 2.20, The Tie 3.75, Dallas Stars 2.85 - BET and STREAM live at Unibet TV from 02.05 GMT
Unless they can put together something special, both of these clubs are on course to compete for a wildcard playoff spot in the West. Right now, neither is making a real move with five wins in their last ten games.
Snapping a five game road losing streak away at Anaheim seemed an unlikely prospect for Dallas but that's exactly what they managed courtesy of backup goalie Dan Ellis's 26 save shutout. Up until that bad run began they'd competed very well on their travels and look for them to try to get back on the front foot as their success came from not being afraid to attack, something Phoenix won't enjoy with their own discerning defensive record even though Mike Smith is coming into better form in net.
Inconsistency has plagued the Coyotes for two months now as they've only managed back to back wins twice during what is pretty much a quarter of the season, for that reason I think the value is right with Dallas at 3.05.
Best Bet: Toronto Maple Leafs to win at 2.45