Teams currently holding playoff spots by the narrowest of margins will get together at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. The NHL betting lines favor the host Maple Leafs.
Nashville has won three games in a row with the first two victories coming on the road. The Predators would get to .500 on the road with a victory.
Toronto is coming off a 4-3 win on the road against Ottawa and in their last game at home, the Maple Leafs fell in overtime to the rival Boston Bruins.
Toronto is sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Nashville is currently tied for fourth with Arizona in the Central Division at 28 points. Toronto has a +3 goal differential with Nashville +4 in goal differential. Keep that in mind when it comes to the hockey bets today.
Nashville topped Toronto 4-3 on Oct. 28 on an overtime goal by defenseman Roman Josi.
Toronto had won four of the previous five games against Nashville. Each of the last three games between the Predators and Maple Leafs were decided by one goal.
Filip Forsberg and Cody Glass had goals against Toronto last season. John Tavares had three goals and two assists versus Nashville last season.
Defenseman Alexandre Carrier and forward Cody Glass are out for Nashville.
For Toronto, goalie Joseph Woll (leg) is out, goalie Ilya Samsonov (illness) is questionable while defensemen Mark Giordano, John Klingberg, Connor Timmins, and Timothy Liljegren are out.
Forsberg Making Himself at Home on the Road
After being limited to 19 goals in 50 games a season ago, seven-time 20-goal scorer Filip Forsberg is on pace to score a career-high 44 goals this season.
Much of his best work has come on the road. With 7 goals and 10 assists in 11 road games, Forsberg is second only to Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov in points per game on the road among players with at least 10 road games played.
Forsberg has points in each of his last four road games with five goals and two assists with the Predators winning their last three road contests.
When looking at the NHL odds, keep in mind that the total has gone under in six of the last seven games that the Predators have played against Eastern Conference teams.
Maple Leafs Working Overtime
Toronto is seventh in the Eastern Conference with 13 wins but 15th with six regulation wins.
The Maple Leafs have already played 11 overtime games and while Toronto does lead the NHL with four shootout wins, the Maple Leafs are playing with fire by not taking care of business in 60 minutes.
Toronto will be facing a Nashville team yet to suffer an overtime loss with the Predators winning their only shootout. One of those overtime wins came against Toronto in late October.
Toronto is tied for 27th in the NHL with 19 goals scored in the first period and a -7 goal differential in the opening period has had the Maple Leafs playing catch-up far too frequently.
The NHL betting line total has gone over in 10 of Toronto’s last 13 games.
Josi and McCabe Tempting Player Prop Picks
Take a look at the options for a pair of talented defensemen when it comes time to make NHL bet predictions.
Nashville’s Roman Josi has two goals and two assists over the last four games so keep an eye on the props for him to have a point and perhaps add to his goal total.
Beautiful shot by Roman Josi off the faceoff 🤩 pic.twitter.com/yzwrexIkyY
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) December 8, 2023
It could be a riskier proposition for Toronto since the Maple Leafs do not have a Josi on its roster. Jake McCabe could be the best option to register a point for the Maple Leafs.
Predators vs Maple Leafs Game Prediction
Predicted Score: Maple Leafs 4, Predators 3
Go with the Over
Nine of Toronto’s 12 home games have finished over the total. The average of 7.58 combined goals in those contests is the most for any team in home dates so far this season.
Even though the last three games between the Predators and Maple Leafs finished under the total, it will not be a surprise to see this matchup finish over the total especially since seven of Toronto’s last eight home games finished over the total.
NHL Pick: Over 6½ (-110)
Predators Look To Strike Early
Nashville has a +9 goal differential in the first period of games and facing a Toronto team that has made it a habit of getting off to slow starts, it might be worth looking at Nashville taking the early lead when it comes to scoring the first goal.
Keep an eye on the NHL’s best bets when it comes to first-period scoring, especially for the Predators as Nashville looks to hang around against the favored Maple Leafs.
NHL Pick: Nashville Predators +1½ (-175)
Predators vs Maple Leafs Betting Lines
Predators vs Maple Leafs Game Information
- Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators
- Date/Time: Saturday, December 9, 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ONT
- Predators vs Maple Leafs Live Stream: NHL.TV
Questions of the Day
Which NHL over-under picks do experts recommend for the Predators vs Maple Leafs game?
Go with the Nashville-Toronto game to finish over the 6½-goal total.
Is there a best NHL spread pick for the Predators vs Maple Leafs game?
With the last three games between the Predators and Maple Leafs being decided by one goal, it might be worth going with Nashville at +1½ to cover.