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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be trying to turn the page on a shaky defensive performance while facing a tough road team from a division that poses difficulty to them.
The Maple Leafs are the -185 home favourite while the Winnipeg Jets are the +160 away underdog with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Wednesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Maple Leafs are 11-3 in their last 14 home games as a -180 to -210 moneyline favorite at betting sites with the total finishing OVER 11 times, but are only 2-8 in their last 10 home games against the Central Division.
Jets at Maple Leafs | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Jets are 11-5 in their last 16 away games against the Atlantic Division, with the total finishing OVER 10 times. The Jets are also 12-6 in their last 18 away games as a +140 to +170 moneyline underdog. The total has gone OVER in 12 of the last 15 games of this matchup.
The Jets, who are 23-16-4 overall, also visit the Boston Bruins on Thursday and have a 3-1 record this season when they are also playing the next day. They have earned points in both of their games since a 6-3 home loss against Toronto on January 2 where they outshot the Maple Leafs 48-28. Led offensively by Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, the Jets are 24th in the NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (47.9 percent). Winnipeg is 17th in goals scored (3.05 per game) and 14th in goals against (3.02). The Jets’ power play is ranked 13th (20.3 percent), but has converted 11 of its last 30 chances. The penalty killing unit is 31st and last (72.2).
Connor Hellebuyck, who has a 19-12-4 record with a 2.69 goals-against average and .920 save percentage, is confirmed as the Jets’ goalie after stopping 29-of-31 shots against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. Hellebuyck has a 3.04 GAA and .908 save percentage when starting with one day of rest.
The Maple Leafs are 24-15-5 this season and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games in spite of a 6-4 loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Top-line center Auston Matthews scored during the game, but the John Tavares-Alex Kerfoot-William Nylander troika was the only line not to score for the Leafs, who overall are fifth in the NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (52.6 percent). The Leafs are also fifth in goals scored (3.59) but stand 21st in goals against (3.16). Their power play is ranked sixth (24.4 percent) and the penalty killing unit is ranked 26th (75.7).
Frederik Andersen has a 21-8-4 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and .915 save percentage despite allowing three goals on 16 shots against Edmonton on Monday. Andersen has a 2.26 GAA and .933 save percentage when playing with one day of rest.
Toronto has the next three days off before a road game against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.