If you’re looking for a play in the NHL tonight, then you might want to consider the over in the Edmonton-Toronto game. Both teams play a similar style where defense is only optional. You rarely see the forwards of either team backcheck on defense. Alex Ovechkin didn’t mince words when asked about Toronto’s style of play last season.
“It’s up to them how they want to do it. If they want to play for themselves, or if they want to win a Stanley Cup they have to play differently."
The Maple Leafs have plenty of top players on their roster with John Tavares, William Nylander, Mitch Marner, and Auston Matthews, but neither player shows much of a commitment to help the team out defensively. Teams that lack this quality are likely to give their opponents plenty of scoring opportunities at their own net.
While Toronto has a capable goalie in Frederik Andersen, he’s not suited to play in an open-style hockey game that could be in the cards for tonight. Andersen’s save percentage generally gets worse when he faces a higher amount of shots in a game. Edmonton should get three or four pucks by Andersen, with Toronto pitching in with plenty of their own goals.
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