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

Daniel Coyle | Updated Apr 11, 2024

The Leafs can move within one point of the idle Panthers in the race for second in the Atlantic when they host the slumping Devils on Thursday.

New Jersey
April 11, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Puckline +1.5 -145
Moneyline +165
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +120
Moneyline -200
Over / Under u +6

The Leafs are coming off a 5-2 victory in New Jersey on Tuesday night to improve to 6-1-0 over their past seven games and maintain a game in hand over Florida going into Thursday’s action. With Tuesday’s defeat, the Devils have now lost five of six, eliminating them from playoff contention for ninth time in 11 years.

The Maple Leafs lead the way as strong -200 favourites on the Thursday NHL odds, and a +120 puck line bet to claim victory by a multi-goal margin for the fifth time in seven games. The Devils trail as +165 underdogs and the total is listed at 6.5.

Devils vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Odds

With a showdown with the Panthers in Florida scheduled for Monday night, the Maple Leafs will be highly motivated to pad their point total with their 12th win in 14 meetings with New Jersey. However, the Leafs have come up short in each of their past two home dates with the Devils, capped by a lopsided 6-3 loss on March 26. However, Toronto has won six of seven since that defeat while averaging 3.86 goals per game. But with opposing shooters scoring more than two goals just twice over that stretch. That has generated a steady 6-3 run for the UNDER in totals betting. 

The Devils have struggled to generate consistent results all season long, and have sealed their playoff fate by going 9-15-1 over their past 25 games. The club has particularly struggled over the past two weeks, allowing 4.50 goals per game while losing five of their past six. The big question now is how will this team respond after getting bounced from playoff contention with Tuesday’s loss, particularly against a Leafs squad with so much to gain from a win.

New Jersey Devils

Injuries have not helped the Devils during their late-season swoon. In addition to missing Dougie Hamilton to long-term injury, the club has also lost Jack Hughes for the remainder of the campaign after the star centre underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday. With netminder Kaapo Kahkonen also listed as day-to-day, veteran Jake Allen is once again expected to get the start in net. Allen was tagged for four goals on 38 shots in Tuesday’s loss to the Leafs and has surrendered at least three goals in six of seven appearances, compiling a 2-4-1 record over that stretch. Jesper Bratt will be looking to start a new points streak ion Thursday night. Bratt was held off the scoresheet on Tuesday, ending an eight-game point streak in which he scored three goals and added nine assists. Bratt has now picked up a point on 10 of the team’s past 22 goals.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov will be looking to extend his win streak to six games when he takes the crease on Thursday. Hampered by occasional poor play and injuries early this season, Samsonov has been on fire since mid-January, compiling an 18-3-1 record over his past 22 starts and a sparkling .934 save percentage over his past four outings. Up front, Auston Matthews remains within 70 goals this season after potting seven goals during a six-game goal-scoring streak and has piled up 22 points during a 12-game points streak, and is worth backing as a +125 bet on the NHL player props to record multiple points on Thursday. Mitch Marner has recorded an assist in each of his three appearance since returning from injury. However, Marner has scored just three times over his past 16 games and failed to record a shot on goal for the third time in eight outings in Tuesday’s win, and just nine total shots over that span.

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