The Toronto Maple Leafs are the favourites to win the Cup right now and aren’t even leading their division. However, with that said, they are one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment and the Devils could be in trouble come puck drop tonight.
Devils vs Maple Leafs Betting Analysis
New Jersey is the worst team in the Metropolitan Division, but what they do have going for them is that the Leafs are at their best on the road. Away from the Six, Toronto is a perfect 6-0-0, while at home they are a measly 4-5-0.
The Buds are also 2-7-0 in their last nine after two days rest against ATS. A little random, sure, but we look for every edge we can get in this game. Meanwhile, New Jersey is nice 5-2-0 ATS in the same category. So while the Devils may not take this game with ease or at all, they may have a shot to keep it close enough.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils have had a very different tale of the tape from Toronto. New Jersey has lost four of their last five and is free falling in November. Their recent Canadian swing began with a 7-3 loss in Ottawa and things aren’t going to get much better against one of the leagues best on Friday. The team, flat out, is in rough shape.
Keith Kinkaid now sits eighth in goalie wins, which isn’t the worst all things considered. It’s his team’s inability to close out games that’s truly costing them. They blew another two-goal lead on Tuesday and are now 1-4-0 on their seven-game road swing. Four of their six losses this season have been by one goal, so closing things up will be key this evening if they can find an early lead.
Toronto Maple Leafs
With Auston Matthews out, the team has had to look for production elsewhere. Last game it was Mitch Marner’s turn to take centre stage with a key goal giving him three points in his last two.
Added production has also been needed and has been found on the back end as well with Morgan Rielly picking up the slack. He now sits third among NHL defencemen in scoring with 18 points and counting with another two goals against Pittsburgh last Saturday.
Matthews did skate on Monday, but it still on the shelf indefinitely heading into Friday night.
Devils vs. Maple Leafs Prediction
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