The Toronto Maple Leafs and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Tuesday night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 4-2 win over Vancouver last time out. Frederik Gauthier opened the scoring for Toronto just 2:45 into the game before Vancouver tied things up at one just 2:43 later. Auston Matthews made it 2-1 Toronto just :57 later, but the Canucks would again respond with just under nine minutes to go in the opening period. Martin Marincin would give Toronto the lead just :18 into the 3rd period and the lead would hold up until Zach Hyman made it 4-2 with just under two minutes to play, sealing the deal for Toronto. Frederik Andersen got the win, improving to 28-13-6 on the year after stopping 25 of 27 shots in the winning effort.
Mitch's Dog of the Day for 3/3/20: Free CBB Pick The San Jose Sharks will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh last time out. Evander Kane opened the scoring with just over a minute to go in the opening period before Timo Meier and Joel Kellman made it a 3-0 game in the 2nd period with goals 3:03 apart. Logan Couture added a 4th goal just past the six-minute mark of the 3rd and Joe Thornton chipped in a 5th goal for good measure in the last couple minutes of the game. Martin Jones got the win to improve to 16-19-2 on the year after stopping all 30 shots faced in the winning effort for the Sharks here.
Toronto is 27-9 in their last 36 games against the Pacific division and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite. San Jose is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 7-20 in their last 27 games against the Atlantic division while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. Toronto is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams but just 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in San Jose.
I’m a bit worried by the Leafs’ lack of success in San Jose, but the fact here is that Toronto is playing solid hockey and is really the only team of the two here with something to play for. The Sharks are out to play spoiler and are playing for pride and bragging rights, but Toronto is fighting for their playoff lives and I think this come in and pick up a big road win here, so I’ll lay the juice with the Leafs here.