Teams in the middle of win streaks look to continue their strong start to the season when the Toronto Maple Leafs travel south to face the Dallas Stars. The Leafs have won two in a row after a commanding win over Washington while Dallas’ big victory over Pittsburgh marked its third in a row. Both teams will be trying to add to their streaks, but NHL odds and predictions slightly favor the Stars at home.
Toronto Cruises to Victory
The Maple Leafs beat the Capitals 4-1 behind solid offensive play and some heroics from goalie Joseph Woll.
Despite Toronto getting outshot 38-17 against the Capitals, it finished with a win by going 2-for-3 on the power play and behind Woll’s 37 saves and .974 save percentage.
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— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 24, 2023
The game was the second in a row where Woll helped lead the Leafs to victory, as he salvaged a three-goal allowance from starter Ilya Samsonov against the Lightning with 27 saves to get the overtime win.
Though Woll has been strong, Samsonov’s pull was a sign of his early season struggles, as he has allowed 4.34 goals a game, and bettors may want to see who’s in net for Toronto before making their NHL picks.
Dallas Stays Solid
The Stars earned their third win in a row and stayed undefeated following one of their strongest defensive performances yet.
Though Dallas was outshot by the Penguins 39-34, goalie Jake Oettinger stayed strong in net, stopping 38 shots for a .974 save percentage and the win.
The Stars’ power kill also remained dominant, shutting down all three of Pittsburgh’s power play opportunities to stay at 100% on the penalty kill to lead the NHL.
Though Dallas has a strong defense and solid goaltending to be tied for third in the league allowing two goals a game, it’ll have a tough task against a high-scoring Toronto offense, so bettors may want to see how the Stars start before taking a look at some NHL live betting odds.
Maple Leafs vs Stars Betting Lines
Maple Leafs vs Stars Best Bet
Thursday night’s matchup should be a close one between two potential Stanley Cup contenders in Toronto and Dallas, with the sportsbook just slightly favoring the home team.
The starting goalies should be one for bettors to keep an eye on, especially if Toronto gives Samsonov another chance in net against a Dallas duo that ranks second in the league with a .940 save percentage.
Toronto has continued to be a scoring threat behind forwards Auston Matthews and William Nylander, but an NHL-leading Stars penalty kill and solid Dallas defense should help to slow them down.
The game should be a tight one, but Dallas should use home-ice advantage to get its fourth straight win.
Maple Leafs vs Stars Game Information
- Game: Maple Leafs (4-2-0) vs Stars (4-0-1)
- Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas
- Date/Time: Oct. 26, 8 p.m. ET
- Leafs vs Stars Live Stream: NHL.TV
Questions Of The Day
What is the most important factor to consider when betting lines in this game?
One of the most important factors to consider is who is playing goal for each team.
Which player is most likely to make an impact in the game?
Toronto center Auston Matthews is most likely to have an impact in the game after scoring seven goals this season.