Air Canada Centre will play host to an Eastern Conference showdown as the New Jersey Devils make the journey to Toronto to meet the Maple Leafs. The action gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16 and it’ll be shown live on MSG Network.
New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Toronto is 12-7 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 3.0 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked fourth in the NHL in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 19 regular season outings, 11 of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 7-3 SU at home this year.
The Maple Leafs have connected on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for sixth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all penalties.
The Maple Leafs, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five games home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
With a .901 save percentage and 29.7 saves per game, Frederik Andersen (10-6) has been the best goalkeeper for Toronto this year. If head coach Mike Babcock chooses to rest him, however, the team might turn to Curtis McElhinney (2-1-1 record, .910 save percentage, 3.05 goals against average).
Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly will each lead the charge for the Maple Leafs. Matthews (19 points) is up to 10 goals and nine assists and has recorded multiple points in six different games this year. Rielly has three goals and 13 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 12 contests.
On the other bench, New Jersey is 11-6 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. A total of 10 of its outings have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and none have pushed. As the visiting team so far, the Devils are 6-2 SU.
The Devils have scored on 25.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for fourth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 18th overall and it’s successfully defended 80.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
New Jersey’s skaters have been penalized 4.6 times per game this season, and 3.6 per game over their last ten games. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cory Schneider (32.6 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for New Jersey. Schneider owns an 8-4-1 record, while registering a .922 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Devils, the offense will be facilitated by Taylor Hall, who has 13 assists and six goals this season.
New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Under
- The total has gone under in three of New Jersey’s last five outings.
- Toronto has allowed 3.3 goals per game overall this season, but has driven that figure down to 2.0 per contest in its last four games (the team’s a perfect 2-0 SU over that span).
- The Maple Leafs this season have handed the eighth-most hits per game (22.7).