- Date & Location: Thursday, November 18 at Scotiabank Arena. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Odds: New York Rangers (+158) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (-175) via Betonline
- Prediction: Maple Leafs to beat Rangers
A battle between two of the best teams in the NHL’s Eastern Conference takes place on Thursday when the New York Rangers put their four-game winning streak on the line against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are also on a four-game unbeaten run. The matchup is a home game for the Leafs.
Rangers vs Maple Leafs Odds
NY Rangers Analysis
The New York Rangers have a 10-3-3- record early in the 2021-22 NHL season, which is good enough to put them in the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are on a four-game winning streak and coming off a 3-2 win on Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Rangers are the No. 10 team in the league in scoring with 176 goals. The club’s power play is operating at 20.67 percent. On the defensive side of the ice, the Rangers have given up 155 goals and their penalty kill is in the top-10 at 82.25 percent effectiveness.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 17, 2021
New York goaltending has been solid, registering 2.77 goals against average to go with a save percentage of .907.
The Rangers’ top scorers are Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox. The two players rank No. 27 and 28 in NHL scoring, both have 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists). Chris Kreider leads the Rangers in goals with 12, which puts him in a tie for second-most goals in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin and Kyle Connor.
Toronto Maple Leafs Analysis
The Maple Leafs bring an 11-5-1 record into their matchup against New York, which puts them in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Leafs have the same number of points as the Rangers with 23. Toronto is on a four-game winning streak. The club is coming off a 3-0 shutout win over the Predators. Toronto also had a shutout in the victory that started the winning streak, a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 17, 2021
The Maple Leafs are the No. 6 team in NHL scoring this season with 186 goals for. The team’s power play is clicking at 20 percent. Toronto has been tight on defense, allowing 148 goals against even with a below average penalty kill of 78.47 percent.
Goaltending has been solid for the Maple Leafs, as a team they have a GAA of 2.64 and a SV% of .906.
The Maple Leafs’ highest scorer is William Nylander with 16 points. Nylander ranks No. 29 in the NHL in scoring. The team has three other players in the top 50 in NHL scoring.
MyTopSportsbook’s Final Pick
This is a great matchup between two streaking teams. As good as the Rangers are playing, I would say the Maple Leafs are just slightly better and deeper as a team.
History also favors the Leafs in this matchup. Toronto is 6-1 in their seven most recent home games and they are 5-0 in their past five against Eastern Conference foes. Meanwhile, the Rangers are 8-19 in their past 27 on the road.
The depth of the Maple Leafs and the play of goaltender Jack Campbell, who leads the NHL in GAA (1.68) and SV% (.943) and who has three shutouts, leads me to go with the home team.
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