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Posted at 12:45 PM EST.
7:05 PM EST. Regulation only. If you go on the Panthers website to buy tickets and scroll through the games, you can buy tickets starting at $32.00 because the joint is empty. However, when you get to the game that the Maple Leafs are in town for, the tickets start at $136.00 and it’s difficult to get one. The reason is that Florida is packed with Canadians this time of year or that spend the winters in that region. For the Maple Leafs, this road game is as close to a home game as any in all of sports.
Toronto went into Tampa Bay on Thursday and literally dominated the “best team in hockey” for not 20 or 40 minutes but for the entire 60 minutes. Had Andrei Vasilevskiy not had one of the greatest performances in NHL history, Toronto might have won that game 10-4 instead of losing 4-1. The Toronto Maple Leafs are not a frustrated bunch. They are a lethal bunch that brought their mom’s along for this 2-game trip through Florida and they are 0-1 on it. The most important thing to note however, is that they are not going to run into another Andrei Vasilevskiy in this one.
The Panthers are a decent team with weak goaltending and that’s precisely the reason why they’re tied for last place in the Eastern Conference. Although Roberto Luongo comes up with something good from time to time, he’s 39-years old, he’s allowed four goals or more in four of his last five starts, including the last three in a row with a save % of .876, and he’s a massive liability these days. James Reimer is worse. If we could provide one reason not to bet Toronto tonight, we would but we can’t.
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Toronto -½ +104 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.08)