Stars Favored at Home
The Toronto Maple Leafs are soaring in the Eastern Conference standings, ranked third and sitting snug behind the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes. And yet, they’re tipped as the road underdogs for Thursday night’s contest with the Dallas Stars on the road. The Stars are heating up at the right time and they’ll be looking to maintain the momentum as they make a final push for a playoff spot.
Both sides will be gunning for the victory at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, but something’s gotta give. Will the Leafs defy the NHL odds or will the Stars come through as the bookmakers’ favorite? Find out as we preview this game and serve up betting tips and predictions.
Maple Leafs Lose 13-Goal Thriller
The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off a 13-goal thriller, losing to the Florida Panthers 7-6 in overtime on Wednesday night. The defeat snapped a five-game winning streak that included a two-game winning streak on the road.
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— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 6, 2022
Following this latest defeat, the Leafs slipped to a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games. However, they maintained their hold on second place in the Atlantic Division with a 45-19-6 record and 96 points.
During the Leafs 5-0-1 stretch, they’ve scored at least six goals in five consecutive games – the only anomaly is a 5-2 win over the Panthers at home on March 28.
Wednesday’s game saw wild momentum swings between the Leafs and Panthers. The Leafs looked to be in control before the Panthers took the advantage in the third period. A late goal by Toronto forced overtime and salvaged the point, but they were unable to make it count as the Panthers tucked away the game winner.
Stars Eye Second Straight Win
The Dallas Stars are coming off a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders at home, clinching the important victory to improve to a 7-3-0 record in their last 10.
The win marked their fourth in the last five games. The only setback during this stretch was a surprising 4-1 loss to the Seattle Kraken on the road on Monday.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 6, 2022
The Stars are in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference, holding down the eighth and final playoff spot. They’re fifth in the Central Division standings with a 40-26-3 record and 83 points through 69 games. Home form is a solid 22-9-1 on the season while road form is 18-17-2.
Maple Leafs vs Stars Head-to-Head
The Toronto Maple Leafs have the 7-3-0 record over the Dallas Stars in the last 10 games while the under has cashed in six of the 10 contests. The Stars, by contrast, are 3-6-1 in the last 10 meetings.
The last time these two sides met, the Leafs ran away 4-0 winners in Toronto on March 15, coming through as the -135 favorites at home in convincing fashion. The last win for Dallas came in 2020, a 3-2 win in Toronto.
Maple Leafs vs Stars Game Information
- Game: Maple Leafs (45-19-6) vs Stars (40-26-3)
- Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 7th, 8:35 p.m. ET
- Streaming: NHL.TV
Maple Leafs vs Stars Betting Lines
Maple Leafs vs Stars Prediction
The Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams to watch in the playoffs this season according to the Stanley Cup betting markets. They’re priced as the +1200 bet to win it all with NHL futures odds.
Given their lofty credentials, it’s no surprise that they’re favored over the Dallas Stars for their interconference showdown on Thursday. Moreover, after losing in such heartbreaking fashion to the Panthers, they’ll be extra motivated to atone for the missed opportunity to take maximum points.
The Stars are building momentum right now. Whether they can capitalize against the Leafs remains to be seen, though. They’ve taken the measure of the Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals in recent weeks, so they’ll fancy their chances against the high-flying Leafs, even if the oddsmakers don’t.
Thus, for all intents and purposes, this is a right toss-up for NHL picks. The Leafs should win, but the Stars could win. When it comes to the betting, taking the Stars is tempting. However, the balance tips slightly in favor of the Leafs, who are the better team in many respects.