NHL Preview and Free Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vegas Golden Knights

It’s a busy night for the NHL with 11 games on tap. The marquee matchup will see the Toronto Maple
Leafs head to Sin City to face off with the Vegas Golden Knights, a meeting of two of the top teams in
their respective conferences.

Date/Time/TV: Thur. Feb.14, 10:00 PM EST, ESPN+

Money Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +105, Vegas Golden Knights -125

Total: 6.5

Game Preview

The Maple Leafs enter tonight’s game fresh off of 5-2 road victory over the Colorado Avalanche on
Tuesday. The team is 35-18-3 for the year, which is good enough for 73 points and 2nd place in the
Eastern Conference. Toronto is 15 points behind the conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Golden Knights have dropped their last two games, both of which took place at home. They
were also in action on Tuesday, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Arizona Coyotes. For the season,
Vegas is 31-23-4. The team is in 5th place in the Western Conference with 66 points, nine points off
the pace set by the conference leading San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto is a solid 6-3-1 (5-4-1 O/U) over their last 10 games. The team has been on the road for the
last three, going 2-1 including an OT victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs are 18-
7-2 in away games thus far.

Frederik Andersen is expected to get the nod in goal tonight. He’s 26-11-2 this season with a 2.56
GAA and .923 save percentage. Andersen has picked up victories in four of his last five while
allowing 13 goals. John Tavares leads the way in goals with 33, while Mitch Marner is tops with 47
assists.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas is 16-8-2 in home games this season, but they have lost four straight on the home ice. Over the
last 10 games overall, the club is just 3-7 (5-4-1 ATS). The current two-game skid comes on the
heels of a four game road trip in which they went 1-2-1.

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected in net tonight. He’s 29-17-4 thus far with a 2.54 GAA and .909 save
percentage. For his last five, Fleury is 1-3-1 with 15 goals allowed. Jonathan Marchessault leads the
way with 19 goals, while Alex Tuch has the team lead with 24 assists.

Maple Leafs vs. Golden Knights Prediction

This will be the fourth meeting all-time of these two clubs. They’re 1-1-1 thus far with Toronto
picking up the win last time out at home in November by a score of 3-1. The Maple Leafs are playing
the better hockey of the two teams of late, and the home-ice advantage of the Golden Knights hasn’t
translated into success recently. Despite that, we like the hosts to pick up the victory as they begin to
turn things around for the stretch run.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick: Vegas Golden Knights -125

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