Wed 10/02/2016 - 23:59 EST

NHL Thursday Nights on The Ice: Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Edmonton Oilers

Big Moves Still to Come

The Leafs were involved in a 9 player trade with their division rival – the Ottawa Senators – this earlier week. The most notable player in the trade was the Maple Leafs' (former) captain Dion Phanuef. The first game after the trade resulted in a 4-3 loss, but the purpose of the trade is opening up room for the team to win in the future - not the present. Even after the big trade, the Maple Leafs could still get involved in some more action with forwards P.A Parenteau and Michael Grabner being two popular names mentioned.

The Prodigy Returns

Connor McDavid returned from injury at the beginning of February and has been once again taking the league by storm. McDavid - the top overall pick in last summer's draft- has 7 points in his 5 games played since returning from injury. With 19 points, two game winning goals - in his first 19 games - and the fourth best scoring percentage in the league, the future is bright for the boy labelled as the next great one.  Watch the Oilers use much of the remainder of the season looking to find ideal line pairings for McDavid and letting him build chemistry with his line mates.  

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Edmonton Oilers 

The two worst teams in the NHL meet up for the second time this season, with the Maple Leafs looking to sweep the season series. The first game was a 3-0 Toronto win - when Maple Leafs' goaltender Garret Sparks made his NHL debut. Sparks is currently sitting on the IR, but even with taking Sparks game out of consideration the Leafs are 3-1-0 against the Oilers, including another shutout victory this time by Thursday night's likely starting goaltender James Reimer . Toronto is around +130 on most money lines, making them a good bet to make if you want some extra money for Valentine's Day. Also do not expect an abundance of scoring as both the Oilers and Maple Leafs rank in the bottom third of the league in terms of scoring. 

 

 

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