Toronto Maple Leafs (2-1-0) at Dallas Stars (2-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -120 / Toronto Maple Leafs +100 — Over/Under: 6
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars meet Tuesday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to build on their fast offensive start after winning two of their first three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 4.3 goals per game and are scoring on 42.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with five goals, Morgan Rielly has four assists and John Tavares has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 4.3 goals per game and are killing 88.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up six goals on 59 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed six goals on 31 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Dallas Stars have a chance to start a season with three straight victories for the first time since 2010-11. The Dallas Stars are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 42.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with two goals, Connor Carrick has three assists and Tyler Seguin has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 0.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up one goal on 63 shots faced. The Dallas Stars have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games. Valeri Nichushkin is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Maple Leafs are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference, 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Stars are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win and 1-8 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings, the home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
We’re getting even money here with an offensive powerhouse in the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team I’m trying to step in front of with the way they can find the back of the net. The Dallas Stars also know the Maple Leafs well, as Toronto has won seven of the last eight games against the Stars and have scored no less than three goals in all eight of those games. The Dallas Stars have played well at home and are getting great play out of Bishop, but the value is on the Maple Leafs with the even money.