7:07 pm
April 23

Maple Leafs @ Panthers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Toronto Maple Leafs (51-21-6)

@ Florida Panthers (56-15-6)


Starting Goalies:

Jack Campbell (TOR): Confirmed

Sergei Bobrovsky (FLA): Confirmed


Current odds:

Toronto Maple Leafs: (+113)

Florida Panthers: (-135)


The Florida Panthers will take aim at a franchise-record 13th consecutive victory Saturday night when they meet the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday to extend their winning streak and match the franchise record of 12 straight set from Dec. 15, 2015 to Jan. 10, 2016.

Coupled with the Maple Leafs’ 8-1 road loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, the Panthers have clinched the Eastern Conference’s top seed and have a chance to beat out the Colorado Avalanche for top spot in the league overall.

The Panthers (56-15-6, 118 points) and the Maple Leafs (51-21-6, 108 points) have split two games this season. Florida overcame a 5-1 deficit at home to defeat Toronto 7-6 in overtime on April 5. It was win No. 5 in the 12-game streak.

Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists Thursday and has 113 points as he contends for the NHL scoring lead with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. They were tied for the lead heading into play Friday.

The Maple Leafs will be out to atone for the embarrassing loss to the Lightning on Thursday in what was a possible preview of a first-round playoff series.

In their previous visit to Tampa Bay on April 4, the Maple Leafs won 6-2 with Auston Matthews scoring three goals. Matthews (undisclosed injury) has missed the past three games.

As the game got away from the Maple Leafs on Thursday, the game became chippy with several skirmishes. As a result, two Toronto players were fined. Kyle Clifford was fined $2,500 for high-sticking Tampa Bay’s Corey Perry and Wayne Simmonds was fined $2,250 for charging Mikhail Sergachev. The fines were the highest allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

Toronto’s Erik Kallgren allowed eight goals on 36 shots Thursday. Jack Campbell will make his scheduled start in goal for the Maple Leafs on Saturday.

StreakSmarter Pick
Florida Panthers