Home ice has been the deciding factor of late between New Jersey and Toronto – and that bodes well for the red-hot Maple Leafs, who look for their fourth straight win to open the season as they host the Devils on Wednesday night. Both teams are lightning up the scoresheet so far, with Toronto having potted a league-best 19 goals through its first three games and New Jersey surprising just about everyone with 10 goals in its first two contests.
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Devils vs. Maple Leafs
Moneyline: Maple Leafs opened at -200, moved to -240
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 7 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
The Maple Leafs come in as sizeable favorites in this one, and that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. Despite some defensive hiccups, Toronto has looked sensational in season-opening wins over Winnipeg, the New York Rangers and Chicago. The last two of those victories have come at Air Canada Centre, where Toronto lost just 13 times in 41 regular-season games in 2016-17 en route to a surprising postseason berth.
Even more intriguing than the moneyline is the total, which sits at 6 as of Wednesday morning. These teams have played more than their share of low-scoring affairs in Toronto over the years, going under the total in 20 of their previous 28 meetings at the ACC – and the majority of those totals sat at 5 or 5 1/2. But given the way both teams have burned opposing goaltenders in the early going, perhaps the days of 2-1 game results are behind them.
New Jersey Devils
Special teams have been on the Devils’ side through two games; they have the top-ranked power play in hockey with a 37.5-percent success rate while having killed off nine of 10 opponent man-advantage situations so far. While No. 1 pick Nico Hischier has asserted himself well, Swedish rookie Jesper Bratt has seized the headlines with five points through his first two NHL games. New Jersey has dropped six of its last seven to Atlantic Division foes.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs have 10 players averaging at least a point per game through their first three outings – but no player has more than five points. It’s that balanced scoring that makes this team so dangerous, as it has posted three straight overs to open the season with two totals at 6 and one at 6 1/2. And as one-sided as the totals history has been between these teams at the ACC, they’re actually 4-0-3 against the total in their last seven overall meetings.
Devils vs. Maple Leafs Prediction
Maple Leafs 4, Devils 2