A pair of wingers – Jason Robertson and Mitchell Marner – will lend some extra meaning to Tuesday’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the host Dallas Stars. .
Robertson of the Stars and Marner of the Maple Leafs each will carry a point-streak of at least 18 games in this contest, the first time that has happened in NHL history.
Robertson, the leading goal scorer in the NHL, has recorded a point in 18 straight games while Marner has done so in 19 straight contests to set a Maple Leafs record.
During his streak, Robertson, who is two games shy of tying the franchise record of 20 straight games with a point set by Brian Bellows of the Minnesota North Stars, has 21 goals and 13 assists while Marner has registered 17 assists against nine goals.
Neither player had a point in the Oct. 20 meeting, won by Toronto in overtime.
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Hintz Rewarded for Strong Play
Roope Hintz followed up Robertson’s hat trick on Thursday with one of his own Sunday as the Stars lost to the Minnesota Wild via a shootout after erasing a four-goal deficit.
The 26-year-old broke out last season, producing 37 goals and 35 assists in his first full season in the NHL and is on pace to exceed that point total.
The center has increased his shooting percentage every season in the NHL to 22% this season, which ranks first on the Stars and 16th in the league. Hintz (+16) is also one of four Dallas players in the top 10 in the NHL in plus/minus.
“Roope is a dynamic two-way centerman,” Dallas general manager Jim Nill, who last week inked Hintz to an eight-year, $67.7 million contract, told the media. “He’s developed into one of our most versatile players, making an impact on special teams and at even strength and can be counted on by our coaching staff in every situation.”.
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Toronto Goalies Standing Tall
The Maple Leafs revamped their goaltending following the departure of Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek from last season’s team and so far it has been a pleasant surprise.
Matt Murray was acquired via trade from the Ottawa Senators, but he missed more than a month, casting Ilya Samsonov and Erik Kallgren in the larger roles.
Samsonov, a free agent from the Washington Capitals, has been the better of the two, posting a 7-2 record and 2.09 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.
Murray had won four straight and five of six starts since returning from injury prior to Toronto’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
As a unit, Toronto’s goalies rank fifth in the NHL in goals saved vs. expectation.
Maple Leafs vs Stars Game Injuries
Maple Leafs vs Stars Head-to-Head
The Maple Leafs have won three straight games against the Stars, including a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 20. Toronto has taken 15 of the last 19 matchups in the series to push their lead to 101-99-28, including 43-58-11 on the road.
Nicholas Robertson, a 21-year-old winger, has two goals on the season for the Maple Leafs and both of them came against the Stars, including the game-winner in overtime.
Maple Leafs vs Stars Game Information
- Game: Maple Leafs (15-5-6) vs Stars (14-6-5)
- Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Maple Leafs vs Stars Live stream: NHL.TV
Maple Leafs vs Stars Betting Lines
Maple Leafs vs Stars Picks & Prediction
This game is a toss-up on the NHL lines as both teams are listed at -110 on the money line. The Stars are 16-9 on the puck line this season.
Dallas Stars is listed at -105 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Stars, you have a chance to win $95. Toronto Maple Leafs is -115, offering a chance to win $87 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Dallas a 51.22% chance to win, with Toronto 53.49%.