NHL Computer Pick for Today’s Slate: No Matthews, No Problem for the Maple Leafs

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Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP.

Using our OddsTrader BetStation, we were able to place tonight’s NHL picks based on the information generated.

Our computer predicts a big win for Toronto Maple Leafs on home ice despite their star man Auston Matthews being questionable for the game. The Maple Leafs should get the job done as they face one of the worst teams in the league right now, the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Pick Summary

  • Blackhawks vs. Maple Leafs: Toronto Maple Leafs -2 (+100) at Top Online Sportsbooks

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 – 07:00 PM EST at Scotiabank Arena

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this game as +400 underdogs at the NHL odds, which is one of the biggest we have seen in recent times. Thus far this season Chicago has won just 14 of 48 games as underdogs and none of those 14 seen them as big as +400.

The Blackhawks are bottom of the Western Conference by a long way having had three points less than the Anaheim Ducks who also have three games in hand.

The team from the Windy City has allowed an average of four goals per game across their previous five and has an abysmal road record sitting at 6-17.

The Blackhawks are already looking ahead to next season and plans to out two club legends in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews could be executed.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews might return to the lineup tonight, which in any case would help their chances of winning and we will be beating the odds as they are likely to crash if he is announced.

Toronto has won 50% of their previous 8 games but still remains level on points with the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division.

On home ice, the Maple Leafs hold a 20-10 record on the season and offensively they have scored 3.35 goals per game which is the 8th best overall, but their powerplays have been hitting at 25.4% which is ranked as the 4th best overall.

Stats and Trends

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Chicago is 13-7 in their last 20 games against Toronto.
  • The total has gone over in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Toronto.
  • The total has gone under in 5 of Chicago’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Toronto is 13-5 in their last 18 games at home.
  • Toronto is 11-3 in their last 14 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.
  • The total has gone over in 4 of Toronto’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Central Division.

The Pick

Our computer is going for a 4-1 Toronto victory in this NHL matchup and given the fact they are facing this Blackhawks team who score the least amount of goals in the league with 2.40 per game and allow 3.62, we very much like the chances of Toronto winning this one on the alternative -2 line at +100.

There is a lot of juice to lay on the -1.5 line at -200. If we take -2, we can get plus money and will happily receive a push if the Maple Leafs only win by two goals.

The Maple Leafs had multiple nights of rest and preparation for this game whilst the Chicago Blackhawks are on a back-to-back. The Blackhawks have lost 6 of their previous 8 games on the road by a 3+ goal margin, so it’s not unfathomable to believe that a -2 handicap won’t cash in this NHL matchup.

Alternatively, if you don’t like this bet you could go for Under 6 goals at +105 with Bet365.

Score Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks 1 – Toronto Maple Leafs 4

NHL Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -2 (+100) at Top Online Sportsbooks

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