The New York Rangers (21-7-1) travel to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-6-6) on Tuesday, December 19th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The New York Rangers Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Maple Leafs, the Rangers have a record of 21-7-1 so far. At home, their record is 10-3-0 and 11-4-1 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 1st in the Eastern conference. This season, New York has managed to win 11 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing seven games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 14-15.
Facing the Bruins in their last game, the Rangers won by a score of 2-1. During the initial two periods, the Rangers struggled offensively and remained without a goal, but they finally broke through with one goal in the third period. Of New York’s two goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 34 shots on goal and had four giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, New York managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The over/under line for the game was 5.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 3 goals.
The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Coming Off A Win
Through 28 games, the Maple Leafs have achieved an overall record of 16-6-6. When on the road, Toronto holds a 7-2-4 record, while they are 9-4-2 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 3rd in the Eastern conference. This season, Toronto has managed to win seven games by a margin of more than one goal while losing five games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 8-20.
In their last game, the Maple Leafs were the hosts against the Penguins, and they came away with a 7-0 win. Against the Penguins, the Maple Leafs’ offense netted goals in all three periods. Of Toronto’s seven goals, two were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 35 shots on goal and nine giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Toronto also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
New York Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Rangers come into the game at 3.3 goals per contest placing 16th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 25th position in the league. In terms of the Rangers’ offense during power plays, they are 6th in power play goals and 22nd in shorthanded goals.
This season, the Rangers’ have an over/under record of 12-15-2. Throughout the season, they have played 17 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Toronto Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Maple Leafs are averaging 3.6 goals per game which is 7th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 16th in the league. This year, the Maple Leafs have recorded a 6-3 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 9-3 record.
This season, the Maple Leafs have an over/under record of 16-11-1. Throughout the season, they have played 17 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 7 per game.
New York Team Defense
Defensively, the Rangers come into the season ranked 25th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 29.4 shots per game against New York. For the season, they are ranked 14th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Toronto Team Defense
The Maple Leafs defense is currently 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.4 shots per game against Toronto. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 10th with 2 shutouts.
Rangers vs Maple Leafs Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, New York has an puck line mark of 5-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last three home contests, the Maple Leafs offense has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Toronto posted an overall record of 2-1 while going 1-2 ATS.
- The Maple Leafs have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 4-1 straight up and 5-0 against the spread.
- The Rangers have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Maple Leafs to secure a victory over the Rangers at home. With the moneyline currently set at -122, I’m locking in my bet on the Maple Leafs straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Rangers to cover. Even if the Maple Leafs secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Rangers should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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