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Betting tips: Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 10/19

Suffering from injuries, the Panthers will struggle against the high-flying Leafs offense.

Panthers missing core pieces

Florida picked up its first win early in the week visiting the New Jersey Devils. The first away tour of the season was disappointing in terms of results, but game-wise the Panthers showed promise, especially on the offensive end. Florida should be one of the top offensive teams again this season, both in terms of creating scoring chances and capitalizing on them.

Right now, the team is going through some injury woes. No new information has been released on the rehabilitation of Brandon Montour or Aaron Ekblad, so a return is not close for either of them. Forward Sam Bennett is on day-to-day status according to early reports. The Panthers are a significantly weaker team on both defense and offense until they can clear some of these core players from the ward.

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Top guns delivering it for Toronto

Toronto opened its week with a home loss against Chicago. Toronto was clearly in the driver’s seat, but their offense didn’t cash in this time. Looking at the first three games, the top forwards have lived up to and even exceeded their sky-high expectations. Most of the buzz has revolved around Auston Matthews, who became only the fifth player in NHL history to start a season with two consecutive hat tricks. In addition to Matthews, William Nylander and John Tavares are also sitting on six points after three games, while Mitch Marner has half that total with three assists.

The Leafs offense is built around this core also known as the Big Four. Few teams in the league can match this kind of firepower up front, but playoff success also requires secondary scoring from the bottom lines. Over there, the focus is on Matthew Knies, who is playing his first full NHL season, and Max Domi, who averaged a respectable .8 points on average last season in Chicago before his trade. 

Significant edge in backing the Leafs

It just doesn’t get much more entertaining than this. Neither team is known for controlling risk levels, meaning we will likely witness an intense match full of scoring chances. Under normal circumstances, the game would be close to a coin toss, but injuries to some of the home team’s core players tip the scales drastically in the Leafs’ direction.

The odds have opened as even money on Unibet, while I would estimate the Leafs to be clear favorites because of lineup situations. Toronto will finish things up in regulation with a win roughly 47 percent of the time, so something like +110 would make more sense than the +145 currently on offer. This bet has a high expected value, and we will also cash in on a frequent basis. All of this results in a larger bet size than usual. 

Tip: Toronto Maple Leafs in regulation @ +145
Units: 7/10

The match will start on 10/19/2023 at 7 PM EDT.
The odds are from the time of publication of this article and are subject to change.

Esa Kostet
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