New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 26, 2024

Somehow, the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs play for the first time this season on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena.

New Jersey
March 26, 2024, 7:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +145
Moneyline -160
Over / Under u +6

The Leafs opened as -155 favourites on the NHL odds.

Devils vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Odds

I can’t remember the last time two NHL teams in the same conference didn’t play their first game of a full regular season this late into it, but that’s the case for New Jersey and Toronto. They will play again April 9 in Newark and two nights later back at Scotiabank Arena to wrap up the season series. The Devils are fighting for a wild card spot, but I don’t believe they have the goaltending to get a spot. Expect New Jersey to target a top goaltender this offseason in either free agency or trade – perhaps Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom. 

Toronto is currently sitting third in the Atlantic Division and isn’t catching either Florida or Boston (whichever one doesn’t win it) for second place. The Leafs simply need to avoid falling into wild card consideration. 

The Leafs won two of three matchups last season. Mitch Marner (1G, 3A) led Toronto with four points in the series, while Auston Matthews (2G, 1A) and William Nylander (1G, 2A) each had three. Erick Haula (2G, 2A) led New Jersey with four points, and Ondrej Palat (1G, 2A) had three points. 

Toronto is 9-1 in the past 10 meetings and the over-under is 6-4.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey won for the third time in four games Sunday, 4-0 at the New York Islanders as trade acquisition Kaapo Kahkonen (from Sharks) pitched his first shutout of the season with 37 saves – it was also his first win with New Jersey. It was the first shutout victory by the Devils this season. Timo Meier (23rd of season), Jack Hughes (24th), Alexander Holtz (16th) and Chris Tierney (third) had the Devils’ goals. It was Meier’s 12th goal of March. Only four other players in the previous 25 years have recorded as many in a calendar month for the Devils with Hughes holding the mark with 13 points in January 2023. Hughes, incidentally, skated in his 300th career game Sunday. The Devils were without a handful of injured players and then lost former No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier after a big hit, although he was able to return. It probably will be former Canadien Jake Allen in net Tuesday.  He is 3-2-0 with a 2.41 GAA in five games with New Jersey. The under is 7-3 in the Devils’ past 10 games. 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto had a two-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss at Carolina on Sunday. The Hurricanes scored both goals in the first period, and ex-Maple Leafs netminder Frederik Andersen made it hold up. Nicholas Robertson (10th goal of season) had the lone Toronto goal about midway through the third. Tyler Bertuzzi and Ilya Lyubushkin both were in question with an illness but played. Joseph Woll stopped 41 of 43 shots in the loss. Martin Jones backed him up with Ilya Samsonov dealing with an undisclosed injury. William Nylander remains a goal shy of becoming the fifth Maple Leafs player with consecutive 40-goal seasons. Fellow forward Mitchell Marner has missed five straight with an ankle injury but might get back here. Who starts in net probably depends on how Samsonov is feeling. The Leafs are 8-3 in their past 11 at home. 

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