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

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 09, 2024

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Toronto Maple Leafs

After surviving the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in New Jersey 24 hours later to face a desperate Devils squad.

Toronto
46-26-8-2
AT
April 09, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Prudential Center
New Jersey
38-39-3-2
Puckline -1.5 +185
Moneyline -135
Over / Under o +6
Puckline +1.5 -225
Moneyline +115
Over / Under u +6

The Leafs are facing a nearly identical scenario as they did on Monday. The Penguins visited the Scotiabank Arena looking to pursue their hunt for a Wild Card spot in the playoffs. Toronto got the better of them, 3-2 in the extra time. The Devils are a few points behind Pittsburgh in the standings but haven’t been eliminated yet. They last played on Sunday and fell to the Nashville Predators.

Toronto is a moneyline favourite on the NHL odds, but not a massive one. The Leafs are priced at -120.

Maple Leafs vs. Devils NHL Betting Odds

There have been two meetings already this season between the Maple Leafs and Devils. On each occasion, the road team earned the spoils, most recently in late March when the Devils torched the Leafs 6-3. Toronto and New Jersey will clash again on Thursday in Ontario.

The Devils have only won once in the five games played since downing the Maple Leafs. The injury bug has bitten at an inopportune time, with Nolan Foote (day-to-day), John Marino (day-to-day), Kaapo Kahkonen (day-to-day, lower body), and Curtis Lazar (out) banged up. New Jersey isn’t very trustworthy against the spread, posting a 28-49 tally (6-4 in the last 10, though), but the over has hit a lot, winning five of six.

The march for 70 goals continues for Toronto’s Auston Matthews. He’s currently at 65 and has six more matches to score five times. The way he’s playing, no one would be surprised if he does it. In contrast to the Devils, they’ve won five of six since suffering that 6-3 loss at home. They still don’t cover the puckline line a whole lot, but at least they’ve managed it in four of six opportunities. Joel Edmundson (undisclosed), Timothy Liljegren (upper body), and Calle Jarnkork  (hand, IR) are all still injured.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The fact that Monday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins was as narrow as it was is good thing. With a desperate, feisty Pens team in town, the Maple Leafs got an early taste of what’s coming up in less than two weeks.

Looking at the major statistical categories, Pittsburgh was the more enlivened side, outshooting Toronto 32-23 and blocking more shots as well (20 to 13).  They also claimed a first period lead through a Rickard Rakell spin-o-rama wrist shot. But The Maple Leafs have business of their own to attend to, such as having home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs versus the Florida Panthers. To that effect, Matthew Knies (15th) levelled the terms in the middle frame with a tap in in the crease, and Auston Matthews (65th) wired a slapper in the third period for a 2-1 advantage.

The hosts would relinquish the lead with six and a half to go, but Matthews acted as facilitator in OT, delivering a slick pass to Jake McCabe for the latter to slot home the winner (eighth) and send the home fans into a frenzy.

New Jersey Devils

However the Devil’s season unfolds, it has been a roller coaster ride. From a mid-season coaching change, a complete overhaul of the goaltending room, and a last-gasp effort to make the postseason after it felt for months that that was a pipe dream.

This past weekend was itself a microcosm of what the campaign has been like. On Saturday New Jersey narrowly edged the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in a titanic battle. Then on Sunday the Devils were clipped by the Predators 3-2 at home in a shootout. Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier both tallied over the weekend, putting them at 27 and 26 goals for the season, respectively. It’s all hands on deck for this group. Jesper Bratt hasn’t tallied in a week and they need him now more than ever.

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