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Maple Leafs at Wild 12/31/19 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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High-scoring games seem to be the Toronto Maple Leafs’ natural habitat as they head into a road matchup full of OVER trends. The Maple Leafs are -135 away favourites while the Minnesota Wild are the +115 home underdog with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto is 10-4 in its last 14 games as an away favourite with the total finishing OVER eight times at sports betting sites and is also 12-6 in its last 18 away games against the Central Division, with the total finishing OVER 11 times. Minnesota is 1-5 in its last six games as a home underdog, although the Wild also have a 15-5 record over 20 home games against the Atlantic Division with the total finishing OVER 13 times.

Maple Leafs at Wild | OddsShark Matchup Report

The Maple Leafs are 21-14-5, including a 5-1 record in their last six games with the total finishing OVER in five of those games. The offensive roll syncs up with the creation of the Auston Matthews-Zach Hyman-Mitch Marner line, now complemented by a John Tavares-Alex Kerfoot-William Nylander second line, as the Leafs are ranked fourth in the 31-team NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (53.0 percent).

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Toronto’s defensive depth is a question mark with the long-term absence of Jake Muzzin (broken foot), so the Maple Leafs’ third-ranked offence (3.52 goals per game) will have to make up for a 22nd-ranked goals-against record (3.23). The Leafs are seventh on the power play (23.9 per cent) and 26th in penalty killing (76.0).

Frederik Andersen has allowed at least three goals in four consecutive starts and now has a 19-8-4 record with a 2.72 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

The Wild are 19-16-5, with a 3-3 mark over their last six home games. Minnesota, which ranks 22nd in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (48.6 percent), could get a boost to its forward complement as centre Mikko Koivu (lower body) is eligible to play after coming off injured reserve. The Wild are a solid 14th in goals scored (3.10 per game), but are 27th in goals against (3.30). They are 21st on the power play (17.5 per cent), and their penalty killing ranks 24th (78.0).

Devan Dubnyk has resumed his role as the Wild’s No. 1 goalie and has a 7-9-2 record this season with a 3.24 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.

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The Maple Leafs visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday before hosting the New York Islanders on Saturday.

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