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7:05 PM EST. Regulation only. A couple of weeks ago we wrote that the Maple Leafs are going to need to lose a few games because losing teaches lessons that are hard to teach a team that is winning. Truth be told, the Leafs were playing sloppy but kept on winning games. The good news, at least for this one, is that Toronto has lost two in a row and four of its last five games. They were swept in Florida and went 0-2 in their inaugural “mom’s trip”. Now it’s back to business for the Maple Leafs, who have allowed 4, 4, 5, and 6 goals against respectively in those last four losses. That can’t be sitting well with anyone and neither can the fact that they looked lifeless in Sunrise on Saturday night for the first 50 minutes.
The Maple Leafs are a true juggernaut that needed a kick in the ass and thus, the ‘funk that they’re in will very likely end up being a blessing in disguise. When the Leafs show up and play hard for the entire 60 minutes, they are as good and probably better than any team in the league. We’re betting that all hands will be on deck for this one because Mike Babcock won’t tolerate anything else. Give an edge to the Maple Leafs in every department, including in goal and expect the Maple Leafs to put forth one of their better efforts of the season en route to a convincing win over a very beatable squad.
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Toronto -½ +109 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.18)