The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Colorado Avalanche at the Scotiabank Arena in our NHL free pick for Wednesday. The Maple Leafs return home following a disappointing 6-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers last night. On the other hand, the Avalanche will look to extend their three game winning streak following strong performances against Chicago and Edmonton. Before we get into our NHL free pick for today’s match, we would like to remind our readers that our NHL picks are now available for purchase. You can get today’s picks for only $5.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche
Wednesday, December 4 – 19:00 EST – Scotiabank Arena
The Toronto Maple Leafs were on a positive run when coach Sheldon Keefe was introduced to the team following Mike Babcock’s dismissal. Four wins in five matches was good enough to allow the team’s faithful to believe in this team again. However, last night’s performance against the Flyers demonstrates that the Maple Leafs still have a lot of work to do. Toronto is 7-3-4 at home this season while scoring an average of 3.12 goals per game. They are ranked 19th in the league when it comes to goals scored at home. Their defence is conceding an average of 3.07 goals per game at home which ranks them 22nd in the league. Auston Matthew leads in the points category for the Maple Leafs with 31 points in 29 games. Michael Hutchinson will start in goal tonight. The goaltender is 0-5-1 this season with a goals against average of 4.54.
On the other hand, the Colorado Avalanche are playing well and are motivated more than ever due to Rantanen’s return to the ice. The Avalanche have a good track record against the Maple Leafs, having won their last three matches at the Scotiabank Arena. Furthermore, they can be considered good travellers with a 8-5-1 record on the road. The Avalanche rank 4th in goals scored on the road with an average of 3.43. They also play good defence on their travels. They concede an average of 2.86 goals per game on the road which ranks them 8th in the league. As Colorado awaits MacKinnon’s return, count on Rantanen and Makar to put up the points for this team. Philipp Grubauer is likely to get the start in goal tonight. The goaltender is 9-5-2 with a goals against average of 2.86.
Despite the Maple Leafs playing home in this one, we still have reason to believe that this Avalanche team is superior and will go ahead to win another match at the Scotiabank Arena. Plus value is always an incentive on any given bet so we are more than happy to go with the Avalanche on the money line. Taking them on the puck line is also a good option if you are looking for something to parlay with.
OUR PICK: COLORADO AVALANCHE MONEY LINE
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