Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 22, 2022

The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to cap off a six-game road trip with a win when they head to Long Island to face the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Toronto
54-21-6-1
AT
January 22, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
UBS Arena
NY Islanders
37-35-4-6
Puckline -1.5 +147
Moneyline -176
Over / Under o +5.5

78%

Betting Action

22%

Puckline +1.5 -176
Moneyline +146
Over / Under u +5.5

78%

Betting Action

22%

The Toronto Maple Leafs have never lost at the New York Islanders’ current arena – that’s a bit tongue in cheek — as the Leafs return there Saturday in the second of a back-to-back for the Isles. Toronto is a -180 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Maple Leafs vs. Islanders NHL Betting Odds

Saturday is the second of three regular-season meetings between the teams and Toronto’s last trip to the Islanders. New York is playing in a sparkling new UBS Arena adjacent to the famous Belmont Park racetrack and the team’s second game there was a 3-0 loss to the Leafs on Nov. 21.

Mitch Marner had two goals, including one short-handed, and Joseph Woll stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout. Needless to say, Woll will not be playing Saturday and hasn’t in the NHL since Dec. 5. New York was missing several key players due to COVID protocols, but No. 1 goaltender Ilya Sorokin played and stopped 37 shots.

The Islanders are much healthier now and starting to play to expectations after reaching the Stanley Cup semifinals in the summer and losing in seven games to eventual Cup champion Tampa Bay.

The favourite has won 14 of the past 17 in this series.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Not often the Leafs or any NHL team will lose when scoring three first-period goals but that happened Wednesday as Toronto led 3-1 at the end of one at the New York Rangers but lost 6-3 in one of Jack Campbell’s worst outings of the season. Actually, there could be a trend here as Campbell has allowed five goals in each of his last two starts and three of his last four. Auston Matthews was attempting to tie an NHL record by scoring at least one goal in an 11th straight road game but was held to an assist. Ilya Mikheyev (fifth of season), Marner (eighth) and Michael Bunting (ninth) had the Toronto goals. Jake Muzzin (concussion), Ondrej Kase (COVID protocols) and Justin Holl (protocols) all missed the game. The Leafs are 9-3 in their past 12 vs. the Eastern Conference. It will be Petr Mrazek (2-2, 3.59 GAA) in this one.

New York Islanders

The Isles cruised past visiting Arizona 4-0 on Friday. Sorokin only had to face 17 shots, but it should be Semyon Varlamov (3-6-1, 2.61 GAA, .917 SV) in this one. He last started Jan. 18 vs. Philadelphia and allowed three goals in a shootout win. Brock Nelson had two goals in Friday’s win and leads the team with 13 goals this season. All-Star blueliner Adam Pelich had two helpers and has a three-game points streak. COVID-wise, the team is in good shape. Kyle Palmieri remains out due to injury. New York is 1-4 in its past five in the second of a back-to-back.

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