Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 9): Maple Leafs vs Penguins Prediction
NHL is locked and loaded for another busy weekend coming up. The NHL has twelve games up on the board for Saturday. With a filled schedule such as this one, it offers many great games to choose from. Here are my best bets for December 9. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read out Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight. Odds for our NHL picks can be found at BetOnline.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction
The Maple Leafs and Penguins both continue their paths to get a playoff spot on Saturday night. Toronto has done great this season, going 18-10-1. The Maple Leafs are second place in the Atlantic Division. Only two years ago, the Maple Leafs were the worst team in the league. Pittsburgh has been a little disappointing this season. The Penguins have gone 16-11-3. The Penguins are in a four-way tie for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Pittsburgh is in the midst of a five-game homestand. So far, the Penguins have beat the Buffalo Sabres, got an overtime win against the Islanders, and lost to the Rangers. The Maple Leafs are the best team the Penguins will face during this homestand. Toronto has been solid on the road recently. The Maple Leafs have won five of their last seven on the road, and both losses came by only a single goal. In total, the Maple Leafs are 9-5-1 on the road this season. Toronto has found themselves some consistency on the road, which is something they lacked last season.
Toronto has scored the third most goals this season, behind only the Lightning and Islanders. Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk are all tied for the team lead in goals with thirteen. Pittsburgh, like the Maple Leafs, are in the top half in goals scored. The Penguins have scored ninety goals this season, which has at eleventh place.
Defensively is where the Maple Leafs have the biggest advantage. The Maple Leafs have allowed eighty-five goals, which places them fifteenth in the league. While Toronto finds themselves in the top half, Pittsburgh is at the bottom. The Penguins have allowed ninety-eight goals, which is the second most in the league. Only the Arizona Coyotes have allowed more goals.
Toronto Maple Leafs (+121) at Pittsburgh Penguins (-134)
With Matt Murray out, the Penguins have been relying on Tristan Jarry to be their starting goaltender. Jarry has allowed 2.39 GAA and held a .921 save percentage. Jarry has been playing well for the Penguins, but will be truly tested against one of the best offenses in the league. For the Maple Leafs, Frederick Andersen is likely to get the start. Andersen has been great in net for Toronto this season. He has a .922 save percentage on the season and a GAA of 2.66.
The Penguins are list as -134 money line. This means Pittsburgh is likely to win this game fifty-seven percent of the time. The Maple Leafs are the better team, but are on the road. This game could be closely contested, but as an underdog I believe Toronto is the best pick.