Face-off: 2230 ET, 26/11/2021
Venue: SAP Center
Toronto appear to be going from strength to strength at the moment and have the all-round quality to take out San Jose at SAP Center.
The Maple Leafs made it seven victories in eight games when beginning their three-match California swing with a 6-2 demolition of Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
Punters can get 1.95 for another road win in regular time and that spearheads our San Jose Sharks vs Toronto Maple Leafs predictions.
San Jose Sharks Odds
San Jose also enjoyed a convincing victory in midweek, when finishing strongly to beat a struggling Ottawa outfit 6-3.
Sharks coach Bob Boughner was delighted with the spirit shown by his side, who had previously upset high-flying Carolina 2-1 in overtime.
“You could just see how happy and excited the guys were for each other – that goes a long way,” he declared.
“It starts with competing, sticking up for each other and acting like a family.”
However, San Jose were flattered by the final score, having bagged a brace of empty-net goals late on after earlier trailing 3-2 to the Sens at 16:11 in the second period.
In what promises to be a much tougher test, we like NHL odds.
Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Toronto are chasing a sixth straight road win after comfortably accounting for the Kings at Staples Center.
John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Pierre Engvall all registered a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Sandin had three assists.
Matthews, the top overall pick in the 2016 draft, said: “I think we just stayed patient the whole night, played really well within our structure.
“When opportunities presented themselves, guys made plays and were able to capitalise.”
That goal tally was a season high for the Maple Leafs, who are usually more associated with controlling contests in a clinical manner.
David Kampf has emerged as a shrewd summer signing, teaming up well with Ondrej Kase to make Toronto hard to break down.
Sheldon Keefe’s side are only 14th in the table for goals scored but fifth in terms of conceding.
The Kings are 24th in finding the net, so 14.0 for a 4-1 scoreline.
SAN JOSE 6-3 Ottawa
Los Angeles 2-6 TORONTO
Head-to-head: Toronto 3-5 San Jose, San Jose 5-2 Toronto, Toronto 4-1 San Jose, Toronto 5-3 San Jose
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