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Kucherov, Lightning Good Bet To End Home Streak Vs Leafs

The Tampa Bay Lightning might have a little more incentive to win their finale if you bet online when the rival Toronto Maple Leafs visit for the regular-season finale.

The Lightning are just 3-4-1 in April after an outstanding month of March (9-1-1) that all but clinched a playoff spot. Tampa Bay would also like to end a five-game losing streak against the Maple Leafs on home ice – all by one goal and four after regulation.

Kucherov, Lightning Good Bet To End Home Streak Vs Leafs
Kucherov, Lightning Good Bet To End Home Streak Vs Leafs

But this game could be more about individual milestones.

Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov needs one assist to become the fifth player in NHL history to record 100 in a season. Meanwhile, Toronto’s Auston Matthews needs one tally to become the first 70-goal scorer since 1993. He may be rested, though.

The Maple Leafs fell 5-2 at the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, dropping to 6-3-1 in their last 10 contests. Toronto will want to tighten up a bit after allowing 16 goals in three straight losses (0-2-1).

Tampa Bay is +2200 in the odds to win the Stanley Cup while the Maple Leafs are +1400.


Maple Leafs vs Lightning Game Information

  • Game: Maple Leafs (46-25-10) vs Lightning (44-29-8)
  • Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL.
  • Day/Time: Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Maple Leafs vs Lightning Live Stream: NHL.com


The Lightning are the favorite in our NHL latest lines as they host the rival Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay is 24-11-5 at home while Toronto is an impressive 24-10-6 on the road despite the loss on Tuesday. The Lightning will play the Panthers and the Maple Leafs face the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.

This game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00 pm ET. You can watch it live on NHL.com.


Maple Leafs vs Lightning Spreads and Odds


  • The Lightning lead the league in power-play percentage (28.7) but are 0-for-8 in the last three games.
  • Over bettors are 4-0 in the last four Toronto games and 43-34-4 on the season.
  • The over is 3-1-2 at the Betus sportsbook in the last six Tampa Bay games, but 38-38-5 in 2023-24.
  • The Maple Leafs were just 3-for-9 on the penalty kill over three games before blanking the Panthers on six tries Tuesday.
  • Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has scored 11 goals in his past nine games to reach 40 for the seventh time in his career.
  • Toronto forward Mitch Marner boasts two goals and nine assists in his last eight contests.
  • Tampa Bay has hit the first-period total over in 29 of its last 43 home games.
  • The under is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings, but both teams are in the top five of the league in scoring.


Maple Leafs vs Lightning Over/Under Pick: Over 6½ (-105)

There’s too much offense on the ice to not see plenty of goals in a game that means nothing but pride. Kucherov, Brayden Point, and Steven Stamkos have 128 goals combined while Matthews, William Nylander, and John Tavares boast 137.


Maple Leafs vs Lightning ATS Pick: Lightning -1½ (+190)

If you are going with the Lightning, hope for a late empty netter or a strong home effort. The value is there for your sports betting on Wednesday.



Maple Leafs vs Lightning Moneyline Pick: Lightning (-125)

Kucherov has four goals and six assists in three games versus the Leafs this season, which is one of the reasons he was booed at Toronto on All-Star weekend. The Lightning may be more focused.


Maple Leafs vs Lightning Player Prop: Anthony Duclair Anytime Goal (+300)

Good value for a 23-goal scorer who often plays on a line with Kucherov and Point.

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Maple Leafs vs Lightning Prediction

Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3



Questions Of The Day

Which team is most likely to score the most in the third period, the Lightning or Maple Leafs?

Tampa Bay. The Lightning have an NHL-best 107 goals in the third period and Toronto has recorded 92.

Will William Nylander finish with 100 points?

No. The Toronto forward has 97 after having one taken away in Florida when a goal was changed.

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