Toronto vs Tampa Bay: prediction for the NHL game
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto were close to booking their ticket to the quarterfinals in the last game. The Maple Leafs had a great performance and made a comeback from losing 0:2. However, they yielded in overtime (3:4 OT), thus letting Tampa level the score in the series. Overall, the Maple Leafs are on top form and can make it all the way to the final - but first, they have to beat the current trophy holders in the seventh game.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay, on the other hand, have been disappointing in the playoffs. During the series, they were playing catch up, and now they have to win the second game in a row in order to advance to the quarterfinals. It will be even harder to achieve since the Lightning will be playing at Toronto. In the last game, Kucherov's goal saved the team from regulation-time defeat.
In 4 head-to-head games out of 5, Tampa Bay scored first.
In 3 head-to-head games out of 4, the teams scored more than one goal in the first period.
Toronto are very comfortable at their home arena and today is their chance to end the series on a high note. It is unlikely that the Lightning will defend their title this year.
Our prediction - Toronto to win
The teams usually play open hockey against each other and scored over five goals in five out of six games. Take the over.
Second prediction - total over 6 goals