NHL Odds: PK and the Predators Play Host to the Maple Leafs. With less than 10 games remaining in the regular season, both the Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs sit comfortably in playoff positions. The Preds were the first team in the NHL to secure a playoff spot, but if Toronto hopes to establish itself as a Stanley Cup contender, they’ll need to find a way to beat the best team in NHL.
The Nashville Predators (48-14-10) lead the NHL in points and have run away with the Western Conference’s Central Division. They’ve won 12 of their last 13 games and seem to be piquing at the right time of year in the lead up to the playoffs. Led by PK Subban on the backend, the Predators present a wicked combination of defensive prowess (first in the league in goals against) and offensive punch (seventh in the league in goals for). They’ll look to extend that streak this Thursday at home.
The Toronto Maple Leafs (43-23-7) have been struggling to get healthy in recent weeks. Their star, Auston Matthews, has been sidelined for 10 games with a shoulder injury, and over that period, the Leafs have won just 5 out of 10 games. Matthews will be critical for the Leafs’ success heading into the playoffs, as they prepare to make a long run to the Stanley Cup.