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Pittsburgh vs Toronto: Penguins and Maple Leafs NHL Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins: Waddling along as major underachievers
When your roster is laden with the talent of players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Marc-Andre Fleury, expectations will always be high. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh fans, the Penguins didn’t live up their hype during the unofficial first half of the 2015-16 NHL season. It hasn’t been all bad in Steeltown as the Pens closed November with a 13-8-2 record and were in third place in the Metropolitan Division. The early season gains have largely disappeared though as Pittsburgh is 4-7-1 during December. Following 5-2 and 3-1 wins, over Columbus and Minnesota, the Penguins dropped a 1-0 decision to the Jets in Winnipeg in their last match on Sunday.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Brutal in the second of back-to-back battles so far this season
Already facing the possibility of missing the NHL playoff party for the tenth time in eleven years, it’s more of the same in Toronto. The Maple Leafs stumbled out of the starting gate as they went 1-7-2 in October but they were better in November with a 7-4-3 record. December has been a mixed bag as the Leafs are 5-4-2 so far this month as they play their final contest in 2015 tonight. Toronto has earned at least one point in seven of their last nine matches but were trounced 6-3 by the Islanders at home last night. The Buds have been brutal getting outscored by a 24-12 margin while posting a 0-6-2 mark in the second game of back-to-back battles – three of which were shutouts.
Toronto vs Pittsburgh NHL Prediction: James Reimer (7-4-4 GAA 1.96) is up against Matt Murray (2-1-0 GAA 1.68) in the netminding matchup here. Reimer cleaned up the mess last night, stopping six shots in the third period, and he makes his first start since December 3. Murray has been solid filling in while Fleury is out with concussion issues as he’s allowed five goals during three starts. Heading out of the Christmas break, we’re not sure why NHL schedule makers sent Toronto to Brooklyn, then back home, and now to Pittsburgh, but three games in four nights with lots of travel is not a good dynamic for the Leafs. Meeting for the final time this season, the Penguins aim for a series sweep as they posted 2-1 and 4-0 wins in October and have now won seven straight vs the Leafs. Back Pittsburgh with a 1000 unit wager on the money line odds posted on the NHL betting board at SportsInteraction. Happy New Year and Best Wishes in 2016 Everybody!
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Toronto Maple Leafs – SportsInteraction NHL Wagering Lines
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