The Guide to Thursday

1….2….3 in a row I say?

Toronto Maple Leafs v. Tampa Bay Lightning (@Air Canada Centre; Toronto, Ontario)

Toronto is looking hotter than ever and is looking at this one as a must win to clinch a playoff berth and target the last 2 games as a way to move up to a potential 2 seed in the Atlantic division.  With the young talent of Nylander, Matthews and Marner this team looks fresh and energetic every game.  The Leafs are (7-2-1) in their last 10 while the lightning have been (5-4-1) in their last 10.  The last time these two met on March 16th the Leafs won 5-0; Vasilevskiy was yanked after allowing 4 goals on 15 shots while Andersen posted a 33 save shutout. Vasilevskiy will be in net for the Lightning and he has been all but good on the road with a (7-8-3) record.  On the other end of the ice Frederik Andersen has been red hot since the beginning of March posting a (9-1-2) record with a .923 save percentage.  Playoff atmosphere will be intense for a Toronto home town who hasn’t seen their beloved Leafs in the playoffs since 2013.  Roll with the young guns with their first taste of serious playoff atmosphere to pull ahead of Tampa Bay and win this one.

PICK: Toronto Maple Leafs to win in regulation. (+110)

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