Face-off: 2200 ET, 11/01/2022
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Vegas and Toronto are both considered Stanley Cup contenders this season but it is the Maple Leafs who are showing the more consistent form at present.
The Golden Knights have been a real Jekyll and Hyde outfit during a five-match homestand and are hard to back with any confidence.
We reckon 1.95 for an away win on the money line is a percentage pick for our Vegas Golden Knights vs Toronto Maple Leafs predictions.
Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Vegas have beaten two useful opponents in Anaheim and the New York Rangers at T-Mobile Arena since the turn of the year but have also suffered three defeats.
Narrow losses to Winnipeg and Nashville were nothing to get too concerned about, but Saturday’s 2-1 reversal versus struggling Chicago had alarm bells ringing.
Ben Hutton put the Golden Knights ahead early on in the first period but the Blackhawks bounced back to end a six-match winless run.
“It stings, obviously,” admitted Hutton. “We wanted the two points, but we didn’t get the job done.”
Marc-Andre Fleury was inspired by his return to Las Vegas and made 30 saves but a 12-9-1 home record highlights how lots of teams are happy to play at this venue.
Looking at the 8.25 for the Maple Leafs to also prevail by one goal here as a value option.
Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Toronto began a six-game road trip by losing 5-4 at Colorado but continued a good run of form by taking the Stanley Cup favourites to overtime.
Auston Matthews scored twice as the Maple Leafs led 3-0 and 4-1, but the Avalanche showed their class to fight back and claim an 11th straight home victory.
Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and two assists, while Jack Campbell made 44 saves in what looked like a high-quality contest.
Head coach Sheldon Keefe insisted: “I take nothing but positives out of this game.
“All things considered, this team we were playing, they’re rolling. It’s a tough building to play in. It’s probably the loudest building we played in all year.
“Would we like to get two points? Absolutely. Should we have had two points? Absolutely, but that’s a very good team and to come in here and get a point is huge for this group.”
Toronto had previously enjoyed four straight wins either side of the extended Christmas break, scoring 20 goals in the process.
In fact, the attack-minded Maple Leafs have netted at least three times in each of their last 14 fixtures!
They have conceded two or more in eight of the past 10, though, so 12.5 for a 4-3 scoreline.
VEGAS 1-2 Chicago
Colorado 5-4 TORONTO
Head-to-head: Toronto 4-0 Vegas, Vegas 4-2 Toronto, Toronto 2-1 Vegas, Vegas 3-6 Toronto
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