The two time defending Stanley Cup Tampa Bay Lightning will take the ice at home tonight knowing that if they don’t win their long 2021-2022 season will be over. Toronto holds a 3 games to 2 lead in the first round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the big Game 6 tonight.
Here is the tale of the tape-
Toronto Maple Leafs (54-21-7, second in the Atlantic Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (51-23-8, third in the Atlantic Division)
Tampa, Florida; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Lightning -125, Maple Leafs +104; over/under is 6.5
NHL PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND: Maple Leafs lead series 3-2
BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Maple Leafs look to clinch the first round of the NHL Playoffs over the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six. The teams meet Tuesday for the sixth time this season. The Maple Leafs won the previous meeting 4-3.
Tampa Bay is 51-23-8 overall and 13-8-3 against the Atlantic Division. The Lightning have a 19-8-3 record in games their opponents commit more penalties.
Toronto has gone 54-21-7 overall with a 14-7-1 record in Atlantic Division play. The Maple Leafs are 17-3-5 in games decided by a single goal.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nikita Kucherov has 25 goals and 44 assists for the Lightning. Steven Stamkos has 10 goals and nine assists over the past 10 games.