Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals, Tuesday, Picks, Predictions, Las Vegas Odds and NHL Hockey Sports Betting

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Toronto at Washington, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Where: Captial One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN 4 (Toronto), NBCSN Washington
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
55 Toronto Maple Leafs +1½ -260 +116 Ov 6 -131
56 Washington Capitals -1½ +220 -128 Un 6 +119
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals will both be gunning for a victory on Tuesday when they meet at Verizon Center.

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (4-1-0): Auston Matthews is showing no signs of a sophomore slump with five goals, three assists and a plus-7 rating in the early going after his overtime tally in a 4-3 victory at Montreal on Saturday. Matthews owns one of the eight power-play goals Toronto (8-for-26) has recorded with James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri registering two each to lead the way. Patrick Marleau has fit in nicely for the Maple Leafs with three goals and a plus-4 rating while defenseman Nikita Zaitsev is off to a strong start with five points and a plus-8.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (3-2-1): Washington is dealing with the loss of top-pair defenseman Matt Niskanen (hand), who was put on long term injured reserve and will be out until at least Nov. 7. John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Brooks Orpik are the only blueliners available who played significant minutes with the team last season while the Capitals will need to rely on youngsters Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos, who have combined to play four NHL games. Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the NHL in assists (11) and is tied with Backstrom for the team lead with 11 points.

Oddsmakers opened the Capitals as -154-moneyline favorites versus the Maple Leafs, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

The Toronto Maple Leafs take the NHL’s top offense on the road Tuesday night when they visit the Washington Capitals in a rematch of last season’s first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. The Maple Leafs are averaging 5.2 goals and own the best power-play percentage in the league (30.8) as they prepare to face a Washington team that surrendered eight tallies in its last contest.

Toronto has won four of five to start the season, but is near the bottom of the league in goals against (3.8) and still trying to find its best form outside its own offensive zone. “We’re not playing near as good as we were at the end of last year, not even close,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, whose team lost in six games to the Capitals last spring, told reporters. “But we’re probably playing better than we were at this time last year. We have more talent, but we can still play way better than we are playing and we plan on getting better.” Washington had points in four of its first five games with captain Alex Ovechkin posting nine goals before Philadelphia celebrated its home opener by pounding the rival Capitals 8-2 on Saturday. “We need to realize that we can’t just give away the puck all the time,” Washington center Nicklas Backstrom told reporters. “If we don’t realize that quick it’s going to be a long season.”

Washington was a 8-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Flyers. They lost as +105 underdogs, while the total score of 10 made winners of OVER bettors.

Toronto won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Canadiens on October 14. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at +102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Team record: 4-1-0 SU
Toronto is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 5 games

Team record: 3-2-1 SU
Washington is 6-18 ATS in its last 24 games
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games

Next up:
Toronto home to Detroit Wednesday, October 18
Washington at Detroit Friday, October 20

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. The Capitals have given up 22 goals, but No. 1 G Braden Holtby surrendered only 10 in his four starts (.923 save percentage).

2. Toronto F Mitch Marner boasts four points in five games, but his minus-6 rating pushed him down to the fourth line at practice Monday.

3. Capitals C Lars Eller, who has two assists in six games, reportedly missed Monday’s practice because of illness and is questionable.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Toronto Maple Leafs will win outright at +116 and the game will go over 6 goals according to

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 5, Capitals 3 at .

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