Mired in a five games losing streak, Toronto continues the series of home games with a confrontation against Tampa Bay. The visitors have fewer points this season but they have scored first blood when the two teams met exactly one month ago, and are confident they can replicate that performance.
Match: Toronto vs Tampa Bay
Odds: William Hill 2.10
A closer look at the string of defeats suffered by the Maple Leafs, will reveal the fact that the opponents were either top team such as Pittsburgh and Boston, or the games were played away. Finding excuses is not going to help Toronto secure a playoff spot this year, and that’s why Randy Carlyle urges his players to end the slide tonight. The numbers are stacked against them, with both head to head performance and recent results suggesting that the visitors have the first chance to prevail.
One reason for optimism is given by the fact that Vincent Lecavalier will be missing for Tampa Bay and the Maple Leafs with only have Stamkos to worry about. The young player has become the fourth youngest player to score 200 goals, and unless the hosts find a way to contain him tonight, he will improve his record. The Lightning have turned into a streaky team lately and they struggle to win consecutive games away from home, with matches going in overtime being rarely won.
It might not look like a good idea to back a team that rides a five games losing streak, but there is more about Toronto than meets the eye. The Canadians have the resources to rebound and with the odds offered by William Hill standing at 2.10, there is sufficient value to justify the venture.