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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs prediction and pick for Saturday's Game 7. Handicapper Matt McCuen takes a look at Saturday's deciding game between the Maple Leafs and Lightning.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction: Can Auston Matthews Propel Leafs to Game 7 Win?

The Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs odds are set for Game 7. The game will take place from Toronto on Saturday night. The two best words in sports are "Game seven", and that is what we have tonight.

Lightning vs. Maple Leafs Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: May 14, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction

This has been an outstanding series through six games, and I expect an outstanding game tonight. The Lightning, who are the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, have been tested all series long. Tampa trailed 3-2 late in the 3rd period in Game 6, but they caught a break when they got a 5-on-3 chance.

Tampa took advantage of the power-play opportunity and tied the game at three apiece. Tampa would win the game late in overtime, and now here we are for Game 7. The pressure in this game is all on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have a curse at the moment as they have been awful in games where they can advance.

The Leafs are a storied franchise that has thirteen Stanley Cups. The number is great, but anyone who was born after 1967 has never seen the Leafs win a Cup. Their drought of 48 years is the longest of any franchise in sports between championships. The Leafs have not won a playoff series since 2004. They will look to snap this long streak tonight with a win over Tampa Bay. This should be a great environment tonight in Toronto as the fan base is hungry for a playoff series win. 

I am betting on the Leafs to break the curse tonight!

I have seen this series well so far, and I believe in this team tonight. They seem to be more mentally tough than in years past, led by the likely MVP in the form of Austin Matthews. Matthews had a massive season for the Leafs, and he has been great so far in the postseason. I think the Leafs are the more talented team here, but it will come down to who is more mentally tough. We know Tampa is because they just won back-to-back cups, so this is a make-it-or-break-it for Toronto. The home crowd should play a massive factor for the Leafs tonight as they have been a great home team this season. This should be a hell of a game. Let’s make it four straight free NHL sweeps! 

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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