Today's Free Picks for
Posted at 10:30 AM EST odds are subject to change.
Minnesota -102 over Toronto
2:08 PM EST. OT included. Let’s focus on the Maple Leafs first, as it’s been an emotional week in the center of the hockey universe. First and foremost, we must discuss the tragic passing of a true Toronto legend, as Börje Salming succumbed to his battle with ALS. Salming was forever a Leaf and he was a pioneer for European players to star in North America. His #21 hangs high at Scotiabank Arena and he has a statue in Maple Leafs Square. Salming was given a hero's welcome when he attended games earlier this month, with the most emotional and iconic image coming when Darryl Sittler helped Salming wave to the crowd. Said Sittler, "It was a magical moment. People who watched that, and the people who participated in it, will remember that for the rest of their lives.”
The last time Toronto took the ice, they ended the Devils' incredible 13 game winning streak with a 2-1 win. It was a notable win, but it was also one that could be considered fortunate, as the Devils outshot the Leafs 35-to-20. That win over the Devils didn’t come without controversy, as New Jersey had three goals taken back by review. On the third disallowed goal, the crowd in New Jersey pelted the ice with garbage. Prior to that game, Toronto lost to the Islanders in overtime and the Leafs beat Buffalo, but they were badly outshot in that game as well.
While this play is about catching the Maple Leafs in the midst of an emotional rollercoaster, the Wild will serve as fine fodder here, as they've won just two of their last five games. If not for their shaky goaltending, Minnesota would be an absolute elite team. Minnesota is now a pooch at home in an afternoon game and that’s where the value is. The Wild are extremely difficult to beat at home while the Leafs aren't likely to bring their A game here.
Minnesota -102 (Risking 2.04 units - To Win: 2.00)