Florida Panthers (13-13-6) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (22-10-2) Live | NHL Hockey on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Scotiabank Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have recovered after two disappointing results with a dominant performance and are trying to keep up momentum as they welcome the Florida Panthers reinvigorated on Thursday night. The Maple Leafs lost 4-1 to Tampa Bay despite 49 shots and beaten on Saturday in Florida in overtime, scoring early and often beating New Jersey 7-2 on Tuesday.
“We have to try to put all this together and find some consistency,” Toronto forward Connor Brown told reporters after joining teammate Nazem Kadri with three assists Tuesday. “That’s the kind of game we wanted to play, however, and the one that plays heavy.” Florida captain Aleksander Barkov completed the first hat trick of his career with a 4-3 victory over the Maple Leafs last weekend. He has 15 points (eight goals) in the last 11 games, while the Panthers are trying to get out of the Atlantic Division. cellar. Florida followed the victory over Toronto by scoring four unanswered goals in the third period for a 5-2 win at Buffalo on Tuesday, opening a four-game road trip.
TV: 7 pm Eastern Time, Florida FS, TVA, Sportsnet Ontario (Toronto)
Florida Panthers vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Odds Line
The line: Toronto Maple Leafs -215 / Florida Panthers +175 — Plus / minus: 6.5
Florida Panthers vs Toronto Maple Leafs: News
THE PANTHERS (13-13-6):
Barkov scored five points in the last two games. His compatriot Evgenii Dadonov was second on the team with 33 – Jonathan Huberdeau. Huberdeau, 25, has 22 points in the last 12 games after a pass on Tuesday, while veteran goalkeeper Roberto Luongo scored his 478th victory in his career, which places him third in NHL history. Striker Frank Vatrano scored his ninth goal on Tuesday to be among the best of his career in 2016-17 with Boston.
THE MAPLE LEAF (22-10-2):
Patrick Marleau scored his 544th goal in Tuesday’s victory to tie Maurice “Rocket” Richard 30 on the all-time NHL list. “As I grew up, I looked at all the hockey cards and books,” Marleau told reporters. “You’ve heard about great players and you think it’s great to be part of the same company, it’s always good when an event like this is a victory.” Mitch Marner has scored three goals in the last two games and leads the team with 44 points. John Tavares has scored three of his best 21 team goals in the last four games.
Florida Panthers vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Betting Line
- Toronto D Morgan Rielly entered Wednesday tied for the points leading the standings among the blue lines with 36-9 in the last nine games.
- Florida D Keith Yandle has granted in the last two games and has four points off at 500 points for his career.
- Toronto has won the last five home games and the away team lost seven straight games in the series.
Florida Panthers vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Predictions
Maple Leafs 5, Panthers 3