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The Chicago Blackhawks go to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at the Scotiabank Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks are coming off of a three-game winning streak, defeating the Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, and the Montreal Canadiens in their win streak. The Blackhawks have outscored their opponents 11-5 during their winning streak as well.

The Chicago Blackhawks are 22 – 20 – 6 on the season, and are tied for last in the Central Division, but have the opportunity to skyrocket up the division if they can string a few wins together. The Chicago Blackhawks are led by their star Patrick Kane, who once again leads the team in points, goals, and assists. Kane was once again selected to the NHL All-Star Game for what is his ninth appearance in his career.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off of a loss to the Calgary Flames. The Maple Leafs have lost four of their last five games. Toronto has given up 24 goals in their last five games, as their defense continues to struggle.

The Maple Leafs have slipped recently but still find themselves third in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs have a ton of talent on their roster as they have two players selected to the NHL All-Star Game, Auston Matthews and Goalie Frederik Anderson.

Chicago is 27-21 ATS this season
Blackhawks are 5-0 in their last five vs. Eastern Conference.
Toronto is 22-26 ATS this season
Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last five overall.

This will be a fun matchup of Patrick Kane versus Auston Matthews. I think that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the better team, but the Maple Leafs have struggled as of late, which makes this game so much closer. I think the Chicago Blackhawks have found some rhythm, and have become a much better team in the last few weeks. However, with the Maple Leafs playing this game at home, I give you the edge still to Toronto in this one, just slightly, though. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 4-3.
 

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'Record-Breaking Demand' For Super Bowl LIV Tickets – RealGM.com

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The average ticket sold since the 49ers-Chiefs showdown was set for Miami on Feb. 2 is a whopping $6,785, according to the ticket platform SeatGeek.

The current get-in price is approximately $5,500.

“In general, it’s record-breaking demand,” SeatGeek communications manager Chris Leyden said in a phone interview. “It seems like the market is about 20 percent hotter than we anticipated.”

Leyden believes the Super Bowl droughts of the 49ers and Chiefs have contributed to the demand. The 49ers have only been to one Super Bowl since they won in 1995, while the Chiefs haven’t reached a Super Bowl in 50 years.

Hard Rock Stadium is also one of the smaller NFL stadiums with a capacity of 65,326.

“On a personal level, it was kind of surprising how much demand there is,” Leyden said. “Right now, it’s looking like a 50/50 split between the two fan bases.”

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Canadian Milos Raonic advances to third round at Australian Open – Sportsnet.ca

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Milos Raonic is heading to the third round at the Australian Open, keeping Canada’s hopes alive in singles at the season’s first Grand Slam.

The No. 32 seed from Thornhill, Ont., beat Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday, needing one hour 37 minutes to complete the match.

The 29-year-old Canadian served up 19 aces on his way to victory.

Raonic will face No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. Tsitsipas got a walkover into the third round at Melbourne Park when Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out of their scheduled match because a muscle strain.

Raonic was the only Canadian to survive the opening round.

No. 13 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., No. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver all lost on the men’s side, while qualifier Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., dropped a first-round women’s match.

Top Canadian Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., didn’t play because of a knee injury.

Raonic breezed through the first round, crushing Italian lucky loser Lorenzo Giustino in straight sets in a match held over two days. Rain postponed play Monday with Raonic one game away from winning his first match since October.

The second-round match pitted Raonic, ranked 35th in the world, against the player directly below him in the rankings.

Garin, 23, has yet to make it to the third round of a Grand Slam in his career.

Raonic has been plagued by injuries in recent years, missing large portions of the second half of last season with a back issue.

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Canadian Milos Raonic advances to third round at Australian Open – TSN

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Milos Raonic is heading to the third round at the Australian Open, keeping Canada’s hopes alive in singles at the season’s first Grand Slam.

The No. 32 seed from Thornhill, Ont., beat Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday, needing one hour 37 minutes to complete the match.

The 29-year-old Canadian served up 19 aces on his way to victory.

Raonic will face No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. Tsitsipas got a walkover into the third round at Melbourne Park when Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out of their scheduled match because a muscle strain.

Raonic was the only Canadian to survive the opening round.

No. 13 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., No. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver all lost on the men’s side, while qualifier Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., dropped a first-round women’s match.

Top Canadian Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., didn’t play because of a knee injury.

Raonic breezed through the first round, crushing Italian lucky loser Lorenzo Giustino in straight sets in a match held over two days. Rain postponed play Monday with Raonic one game away from winning his first match since October.

The second-round match pitted Raonic, ranked 35th in the world, against the player directly below him in the rankings.

Garin, 23, has yet to make it to the third round of a Grand Slam in his career.

Raonic has been plagued by injuries in recent years, missing large portions of the second half of last season with a back issue.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2020.

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