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

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 17, 2021

There's excitement in Toronto as reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner, Auston Matthews, is expected to make his season debut for the Maple Leafs Monday night.

NY Rangers
13-4-3
AT
October 18, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
15-6-1
Puckline +1.5 -140
Moneyline +168
Over / Under o +6

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Puckline -1.5 +116
Moneyline -202
Over / Under u +6

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Betting Action

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Light four-game schedule around the NHL on Monday, but there is one Original Six matchup as the New York Rangers visit the Toronto Maple Leafs in what will be Auston Matthews‘ season debut.

Toronto is a -185 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Rangers vs. Maple Leafs NHL Odds

Monday is Toronto’s first game against an American club this season and then the Leafs rather strangely don’t play again until Friday. It’s the first of three games this season vs. the Original Six rivals with the Rangers returning to Toronto on Nov. 18 and the Maple Leafs visiting Madison Square Garden on Jan. 19.

Because of the unusual division realignment last season, New York and Toronto didn’t play. In 2019-20, the Rangers won two of three and the lone matchup at Scotiabank Arena. The road team is 9-4 in the past 13 meetings. The total has gone over in 10 of the past 12 in Toronto.

The Rangers have a new head coach this season in Gerard Gallant. The Prince Edward Island native previously coached the Blue Jackets, Panthers and Golden Knights, leading Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final in its expansion season. Gallant also played for Team Canada at the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships.

New York Rangers

New York comes off its first win of the season, 3-1 at Montreal on Saturday. Igor Shesterkin stopped 31 of 32 shots in his second straight start in net. The Rangers have a good 1A in Alexander Georgiev, so it’s never clear who might start, but with Shesterkin playing so well Saturday, he’s the likely guy Monday. Chris Kreider (third goal of season), former No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere (first) and Kevin Rooney (first) had the goals. However, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft, winger Kaapo Kaako, left the game and has landed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. He has yet to score this year and was minus-1. Centre Morgan Barron was called up from the AHL to take Kakko’s spot on the roster. Another centre, Ryan Strome, is on the COVID list. New York is 9-25 in its past 34 as an underdog.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews is set to make his season debut. He had been recovering from Aug. 13 wrist surgery. Matthews led the NHL easily last year with 41 goals, missing four games with a wrist injury. He skated between Nick Ritchie and Mitchell Marner on the top line at practice Sunday, moving John Tavares to the second line. If Jack Campbell were to get hurt in this game, his replacement in net would be Michael Hutchinson, who was recalled from the AHL on an emergency basis. He will slot in as the No. 2 after Petr Mrazek was injured last Thursday in Ottawa. Toronto is 2-0 at home this year after a 3-1 win over the Senators on Saturday. Campbell stopped 20 of 21 shots. The Leafs are 13-5 in their past 18 following a win.

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