The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to extend their current win streak to three games when they continue their current four-game road trip in San Jose on Friday night as 1.67 road favourites on the NHL odds. The Maple Leafs are coming off a decisive 6-2 victory in Los Angeles on Wednesday that leaves them trailing the league-leading Florida Panthers by just two points going into Friday’s action. Pegged as 2.30 home underdogs in Friday’s contest, the Sharks aim to establish their first three-game win streak since the first week of the season after romping to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
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Maple Leafs: 14-6-1, 29 points (2nd, Atlantic Division)
Sharks: 10-8-1, 21 points (5th. Pacific Division)
Maple Leafs vs Sharks Betting Trends
Friday night’s matchup marks the second and final meeting between these two clubs this season. The Sharks tallied a 5-3 win at Scotiabank Arena back on October 22, and have now scored 10 total goals in back-to-back wins over Toronto. San Jose’s current two-game win streak against the Leafs comes on the heels of a four-game slide against Toronto, during which they tallied just nine total goals. However, the Sharks have enjoyed ample success against Toronto over the past two decades, posting wins in 16 of their past 21 overall clashes.
Notes #4: Sharks Edge Leafs 5-3, 4-0 1st Time Since 15-16 https://t.co/RK6XAUSjCb
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) October 23, 2021
With San Jose shooters filling the net, the OVER has prevailed in each of the past two clashes between these clubs, and in four of their past five. That is a particularly impressive run considering the total has not been pegged below 6.0 during that stretch. However, scoring has come at a premium for the Maple Leafs in past visits to San Jose, where they have tallied more than two markers just once in seven visits since 2011.
Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes
The Maple Leafs maintained their recent torrid pace with Wednesday’s victory over the Kings, which also marked the club’s 12th win in 14 outings. Toronto’s recent success has helped them maintain their opening night position as one of the best Stanley Cup betting picks this season. The club’s shooters finally started finding the mark after struggling to generate offence with any regularity over the first quarter of the season. Toronto’s six goals marks the most scoring the team has enjoyed in a single game so far this season.
“It was my only shot to really prove I’m ready.”
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) November 24, 2021
Toronto relied heavily on stingy goaltending while averaging just 2.25 goals over their previous eight contests. And even with Wednesday’s outburst, the team remains stalled in 21st place overall in goals scored per game this season. Jack Campbell has stood tall in the Maple Leafs crease, earning the win in nine of his past 11 starts, capped by Wednesday night’s 30-save performance, which also marked the 10th time over that stretch that he has surrendered two or fewer goals.
11 different point-getters for the Leafs so far tonight.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) November 25, 2021
While Campbell has been shutting down opposing shooters, team captain John Tavares has led the way up front. Tavares potted a goal and added an assist in Wednesday’s victory, and now leads the club with 18 points.
San Jose Sharks News & Notes
The Sharks also rediscovered their offensive touch in Wednesday’s victory over the Senators. In addition to establishing their first win streak in over three weeks, the club’s victory over Ottawa was also their highest scoring outing since April, and extends a steady run on home ice, where they have gone 4-2-1 over their past seven contests.
Timo Meier had a goal and two assists for the Sharks in a 6-3 victory against the Senators.https://t.co/N2pJRvJgTK
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) November 25, 2021
However, maintaining that offensive momentum could be easier said than done. Prior to Wednesday’s win, the Sharks mustered a meagre 1.83 goals per game over their previous six contests, and have now seen the UNDER pay out in seven of nine outings.
James Reimer isn’t a tutor or insurance policy. Instead, the Sharks’ free-agent signing has turned out to be a savior.
And the 33-year-old journeyman goalie is doing his part to keep San Jose afloat.https://t.co/56p5pIKQmx
— Sporting Green (@SportingGreenSF) November 25, 2021
San Jose will be looking for another big performance from netminder James Reimer, who is expected to make a third straight start on Friday night. The former Maple Leafs backstop was tagged for all three goals in the team’s win over Ottawa, but has also held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his 10 starts this season, and has compiled a sparkling .930 save percentage on home ice. However, Reimer was rocked in his past two starts against his old teammates, getting tagged for nine goals on 37 shots in a pair of losing efforts in Toronto.