We get set to once again face a world without football but, thankfully, there’s still plenty of hockey to be played in one of the weirdest NHL seasons in recent memory. The Maple Leafs and Islanders will kick off the post-Super Bowl schedule with a matchup at New York’s temporary home – the Barclays Center. Doug Weight has done an excellent job in the interim as head coach of the Isles but will have a tough task tonight, facing a Leafs team that has the best road special teams in the league.
– Shark BITES
- The Maple Leafs are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games as road underdogs.
- The total has gone OVER in 13 of the Maple Leafs’ last 15 games against the Islanders.
- The Islanders are 1-4 SU and on the puckline in their last 5 games as favorite.
For Toronto, this will be the last of five straight road games and home will be a sight for sore eyes. The Leafs’ win in Boston on Saturday ended a three-game road losing streak in which they gave up 13 goals. Scoring hasn’t been a problem for the Leafs all year but they’ve been having a progressively tough time keeping it out of their own net.
Tonight could be a dream for those who are a fan of the red light going off. The Islanders’ last two games have had a total of 18 goals while the Leafs’ last three have a total of 26. That’s an average of just under 9 goals a game so the total of 5.5 that’s been set for this evening’s tilt could be very much in trouble of being breached early – maybe before the horn sounds for the first intermission.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans looking to back the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs before puck drop in this match found them as -102 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 6, according to BetOnline.
Odds – Shark score prediction models pick a 3-2.4 result in favor of the Maple Leafs today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Islanders Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The New York Islanders bring a 22-18-10 record to the battle against the 24-17-9 Maple Leafs. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 26-20-4 so far and the Maple Leafs go 23-26-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Toronto injuries news.
This game puts the New York Islanders, most recently No. 9 in the Odds – Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who rate a No. 4 in the latest survey.
Offensively, the game matches up the New York Islanders No. 7-ranked offense (2.94 goals per game) against a Toronto Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 24 at 2.98 goals per game allowed. The Islanders powerplay has clicked at a 15.75% rate while the Maple Leafs have a 84.43% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Last time out for Toronto, they were a 6-5 winner as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Maple Leafs at +146 were rewarded, while the 11 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Last time out for New York, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Hurricanes at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Hurricanes at -104 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
- Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Toronto is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
- Toronto is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
- Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing NY Islanders
- NY Islanders is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
- NY Islanders is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
- NY Islanders is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- NY Islanders is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Toronto home to Dallas, Tuesday, February 7th
New York at Philadelphia, Thursday, February 9th