Preview: Toronto at Chicago

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Sunday, December 21, 2014
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Matchup Edge
TOR Edge in: CHI
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


After tumbling to two straight losses following a season-high six-game winning streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to get back on track when they open a seven-game road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Peter Holland and James van Riemsdyk each scored in Toronto's 7-4 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday and also tallied in the Maple Leafs' 3-2 victory over Chicago on Nov. 1. His team's offensive contributions notwithstanding, James Reimer was the star of the latter contest - making 26 of his 45 saves in the third period - and may get the nod on Sunday after a brief relief appearance versus the Flyers. 

While Toronto's performance left a great deal to be desired on Saturday, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was fairly pleased with his team's play despite the 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus. "I thought we did everything but win that game (Saturday). We played well in all areas of the game," Quenneville said. The Blackhawks are 10-1-1 in their last 12 and will vie for their eighth consecutive home victory on Sunday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHLN, CITY, TVA (Toronto), WGN (Chicago)

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (19-11-3): Although it struggled against sputtering Philadelphia, perhaps Toronto will fare better against powerhouse Chicago. The reasoning? Well, the Maple Leafs are 14-3-2 this season versus teams with a record above .500, as opposed to a 5-8-1 mark against the others. Coach Randy Carlyle isn't interested in Toronto's play against specific opponents, rather its performance itself. "Our execution level with our group is way down," Carlyle said. "The overall execution of the simplest things was way down."

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (22-9-2): Corey Crawford made 17 saves in his return to the lineup after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. "I felt pretty comfortable," Crawford told ESPN Chicago. "I didn’t get much work in the first half of the game. I was seeing the pucks pretty well, (except for) a tip and a screen on the goals." Patrick Sharp scored his second goal in three games and led the team with seven blocked shots.

OVERTIME

1. Chicago RW Patrick Kane has scored three goals and set up four others during his five-game point streak and has torched Toronto for five tallies and as many assists in eight meetings.

2. Toronto has lost three of its last four on the road.

3. The Blackhawks have killed off eight straight power plays in the last three games and 14-of-15 in the last seven.

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 5, Maple Leafs 4
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Toronto 19-11-2-1 L2 14-8-0-0 5-3-2-1 1-0-0-0 18-11-2-1 7-4-1-0
Chicago 22-9-1-1 L1 11-3-1-0 11-6-0-1 1-0-0-0 21-9-1-1 7-3-0-0

Last Meeting

Toronto Chicago
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/1/14 CHI 2 TOR 3 27 45 0-3 47 24 2-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
TOR P. Holland 1
CHI B. Seabrook 2
Goals Player  
TOR P. Holland 1
CHI B. Richards 1
Assists Player  
TOR P. Kessel 1
CHI P. Kane 1
Saves Player  
TOR J. Reimer 45
CHI C. Crawford 24
Season
Total Points Player  
TOR P. Kessel 36
CHI P. Kane 33
Goals Player  
TOR P. Kessel 17
CHI P. Kane 15
Assists Player  
TOR P. Kessel 19
CHI P. Kane 18
Saves Player  
TOR J. Bernier 708
CHI C. Crawford 459

Quickchart Matchup

Toronto Off vs  Chicago Def
3.39 GF
2 GA
30 Shots
28.6 Shots
25 PP
8 PK
Chicago Off vs  Toronto Def
2.97 GF
2.94 GA
35.2 Shots
34.1 Shots
22 PP
18 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -195 175
-115
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -235
197
-135
5.5
Sportsbook -235 197
-135
5.5
5Dimes.eu -210 190
-128
5.5
GTBets.eu -220 190
-135
5.5
Top Bet -230 190
-110
5.5
BetOnline.ag -210 188
-125
5.5
BetDSI -220 185
-135
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com -227 175
-135
5.5
Belmont -235 197
-135
5.5
BookMaker.eu -221 186
-135
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate -215 195
110
5.5
Mirage
-210
175
110
5.5
Station -210 175
100
5.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Toronto Overall Chicago
19-11-2-1 W/L 22-9-1-1
22-11 ATS 12-21
19-14 O/U 8-18
3.39 Goals For 2.97
2.94 Goals Agnst 2.00
Toronto A/H Chicago
5-3-2-1 W/L 11-3-1-0
9-2 ATS 6-9
6-5 O/U 5-9
2.91 Goals For 3.00
2.82 Goals Agnst 1.67