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Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs predictions

Face-off: 1900 ET, 04/12/2021

Venue: Xcel Energy Center

Two of the form teams in the NHL will go head-to-head when Toronto travel to Minnesota and a high-quality contest is surely on the cards.

Both sides are on five-match winning streaks but we just feel the Maple Leafs have beaten a stronger set of opponents overall of late.

An away victory in regular time at 2.3 is the first of our Minnesota Wild vs Toronto Maple Leafs predictions.

Minnesota Wild Odds

Minnesota claimed a notable scalp when seeing off Tampa Bay 4-2 at Xcel Energy Center last Sunday but have otherwise benefited from a kind fixture list.

They have beaten Winnipeg, Arizona and New Jersey twice to reach the Western Central division summit on 33 points.

Ryan Hartman has eight points in five outings and Kirill Kaprizov 10 in four to give the Wild a twin threat going forward.

Head coach Dean Evason was also quick to praise the work-rate of that pair in getting back to help out at the other end.

Hartman said: “We’re having a great time but we’re playing the right way and that’s why it’s happening.”

This is the kind of game where injured captain Jared Spurgeon could be missed more, though.

Looking at the 3.9 for an away win and both teams to score more than once.

Toronto Maple Leafs Odds

Toronto are second in the Eastern Atlantic on 35 points after coming out on top in 15 of their last 17 fixtures.

The Maple Leafs closed November with a 5-1 drubbing of Anaheim at Honda Center, which was a seventh straight road win.

They then did us a favour by storming to an 8-3 home victory over Colorado, helping to land three out of four bets advised in our match preview.

Auston Matthews hit a hat-trick to extend his goal streak to four games, John Tavares had a goal and two assists and Michael Bunting provided three assists.

“It was just a really good effort from everybody,” Matthews said. “Our goaltending was unbelievable again.

“We were playing a really good team at the other end with a lot of really dangerous players and they were going to get their push and opportunities.

“At times, we gave them a little too much space out there but I thought defensively we did a pretty good job of keeping them to the outside.”

That was the first time Toronto scored eight in a game for almost two years and they are playing with great confidence and self-belief.

Let’s go with 7.5 for the Maple Leafs to win by two goals to complete our NHL predictions.

Additional stats

Last result:

MINNESOTA 5-2 New Jersey

TORONTO 8-3 Colorado

Head-to-head: Minnesota 1-4 Toronto, Toronto 4-2 Minnesota, Toronto 3-4 Minnesota, Minnesota 3-5 Toronto

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