Wild at Maple Leafs 1/3/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/08/2019 at 9:04 AM ET

Wild at Maple Leafs 1/3/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

The Toronto Maple Leafs remain at home on Thursday and will host the Minnesota Wild in an afternoon game. The Maple Leafs are 26-11-2 on the season and are 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Toronto lost at home 4-0 to the Islanders on Saturday. The Maple Leafs are 12-6-1 on their home ice.

Garret Sparks will make the start in the net for Toronto. Sparks is 6-2-1 on the season with one shutout. Sparks has allowed 28 goals and carries a 3.01 goals against average. The Toronto Maple Leafs average 3.69 goals per game which ranks 2nd in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild hit the road after losing to the Penguins at home on Monday. The Wild are 18-17-3 on the season and 10th in the Western Conference. Minnesota is 3-6-1 over their last ten games and are 8-10 on the road.

Devan Dubnyk will make his 32nd start of the season for the Wild. Dubnyk is 13-14-3 on the season with 77 goals allowed. Dubnyk carries a .912 save percentage. The Minnesota Wild allow an average of 2.82 goals per game which ranks 8th in the NHL.

Both teams are hungry for win after losing their last games. The Maple Leafs are a very good home team. Toronto is 10-3 in their last 13 vs. Central. The are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games. Lay the -1.5 goals with confidence. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 5-2.

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