Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Jan 24): Maple Leafs vs Blackhawks Prediction
The NHL is not busy on Wednesday night and only two games are on in total for Wednesday’s action. The Blackhawks face the Maple Leafs for the second time. With the NHL All-Star game this weekend, this win could be a big momentum swing going into the break. My picks for tonight is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus picks instead of paying.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago Blackhawks Predictions
The Maple Leafs enter the night in the middle of a serious struggle. Toronto has lost eight of their last eleven games. The Maple Leafs still sit strongly in the third-place position of the Atlantic Division. Toronto has gone 26-18-5 this season. Chicago has gone 22-19-6, which puts them in seventh place of the Central Division. Chicago has lost four of their last five games.
The Maple Leafs hosted the first game between these two teams. Chicago jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the third period. Jan Rutta and Richard Panik each scored a goal and added an assist. Toronto was not out of it though. Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk each scored a goal in the third to tie it up. Auston Matthews won the game for the Maple Leafs in overtime.
Jeff Glass is expected to get the start for the Blackhawks. With Corey Crawford possibly out for the season, Glass and Forsberg need to step up into stronger roles. Glass has played well for Chicago. He has a .909 save percentage and a 3.17 GAA. Glass has gone 3-3-1 in his seven games started this season.
Frederik Andersen is likely going to play in net for Toronto on Wednesday night. Andersen has a .920 save percentage and a GAA of 2.69. Andersen has played well this season but has seen his own share of struggles since Toronto hit this losing skid. I expect him to bounce back in Wednesday night’s matchup.
Patrick Kane leads the team in goals and points. Kane has scored 20 goals and he has 48 points in total. Nick Schmaltz is second on the team with 33 points. Jonathan Toews has thirty-one points, which puts him in third place on the team. This team has a lot of talent, but have underperformed for the Blackhawks standards.
Toronto Maple Leafs (+100) at Chicago Blackhawks (-110)
Toronto has been led by Auston Matthews. Matthews leads the team with twenty-one goals and thirty-six points. Matthews has only played in 39 games this season. William Nylander is second on the team with 33 points. Mitch Marner has thirty-two points. The Maple Leafs youth will try to lead the way against the Blackhawks.
Both teams have struggled as of recently, but Toronto has been the better team. I believe the Maple Leafs are close to getting out of their slump and Wednesday night is the perfect time to do it. The Maple Leafs are underdogs in this game and I believe that they should be favored.