2019-20 NHL – Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning taking place? Wednesday 26th February, 2020 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning taking place? Amalie Arena, Tampa

What channel is Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Toronto Maple Leafs 3 – 7 Tampa Bay Lightning

THE TEAM NEWS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • Toronto are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and this means they have dropped three of their last four games. The Maple Leafs remain in the playoff zone, however, and currently sit in ninth place of the Eastern Conference with 72 points.
  • The Maple Leafs have several injury-related absentees in Cody Ceci, Morgan Reilly, Ilya Mykhelev, Nathan Horton, David Clarkson and Andreas Johnsson.
  • One player to keep an eye on at Toronto should be John Tavares. The star center is riding a two-game point streak (one goal, two assists) and has racked up 54 points (24 goals, 30 assists) in 56 games this season.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

  • Tampa Bay were one of the hottest teams in the NHL only a few days ago but they are coming off two straight losses following a disappointing 7-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. That said, the Lightning remain in second place of the Eastern Conference with 85 points in 62 games.
  • The Lightning have at least five players who have been listed as questionable in defencemen Erik Cernak, Ryan McDonagh, Jan Rutta and centers Cedric Paquette and Mitchell Stephens.
  • Steven Stamkos should be Tampa Bay’s player to watch as the talented forward has made at least one point in each of the last 14 games he has appeared in, notching 21 points over that span (12 goals and nine assists).

THE PREDICTION

The Lightning might be coming off two straight losses in this contest, but they are undoubtedly the better team of the two and the standings back that up. Plus, Tampa Bay have the Conference’s best attack with 221 goals – although Toronto have netted 220 of their own. The biggest difference comes on the defensive side, though, as Tampa Bay have allowed 171 goals while the Maple Leafs have conceded 210 and that should see Tampa Bay secure the win here.

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