Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes 3/25/23 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/24/2023 at 9:04 PM ET

Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes 3/25/23 - NHL Picks & Predictions

The Toronto Maple Leafs will make their way to PNC Arena on Saturday, where they will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Maple Leafs are currently the second seed in the Atlantic Division, with a 43-19-9 record. Toronto is coming of an impressive 6-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Matt Murray stopped 33 of the 35 shots on Thursday, while Auston Matthews found the back of the net twice for the Leafs.

Ilya Samsonov will be the starting goaltender for the Leafs on Saturday, he has a 24-9-3 record thus far. Mitch Marner continues to be magnificent this season, he leads the Leafs with 92 points through 71 games. William Nylander has scored a team-leading 36 goals this year, Auston Matthews sits right behind him 34 goals of his own.

The Carolina Hurricanes are now the first seed in a highly competitive Metropolitan Division, posting a record of 46-16-8. The Hurricanes are fresh off of a 2-1 loss against the Rangers on Thursday. Frederik Andersen made 14 saves on Thursday, while Sebastian Aho scored the lone goal for Carolina.

Frederik Andersen is expected to be the starter for the Hurricanes on Saturday, Andersen has a record of 19-8-0 this season. Martin Necas leads all Carolina skaters with 65 points in 70 games, while Sebastian Aho leads the team with 31 goals. Carolina is a great defensive team this year, they allow just 2.56 goals per game (second lowest in NHL).

The Leafs have been great when playing against the Hurricanes as of late, winning 4 of their last 5 matchups. The fast pace for Toronto will force Carolina to change their play-style, resulting in a higher scoring game. Expect this game to go down to the wire, but ultimately the Hurricanes will pick up the win. Final score prediction, Hurricanes win 4-3.

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