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

Daniel Coyle | Updated Nov 18, 2021

A battle of Original Six rivals highlights the NHL’s Thursday night schedule as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New York Rangers.

NY Rangers
25-10-3-1
AT
November 18, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
24-9-2-1
Puckline +1.5 -165
Moneyline +145
Over / Under o +5.5

34%

Betting Action

66%

Puckline -1.5 +137
Moneyline -174
Over / Under u +5.5

34%

Betting Action

66%

The Maple Leafs are coming off a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators, which marks their ninth win in 10 contests. The Rangers travel to Toronto on the heels of a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens that extends their current win streak to four games.

Toronto is a -182 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Rangers vs. Maple Leafs NHL Betting Odds

There has been no shortage of interest in this contest among sports bettors, with 70 per cent of wagers going on Toronto. That has slightly boosted the Maple Leafs to -182 favourites, while the Rangers have sagged +1561 since opening as a +148 bet. The total has held steady at 5.5, but with both these teams enjoying steady offensive production of late, the odds of the OVER prevailing have improved to a short -125.

Thursday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena marks the second meeting of the season between these two clubs. The Rangers eked out a 2-1 overtime win back on October 18, and have now topped the Maple Leafs in five of their past dates, including each of their past three visits to Toronto. While the Rangers’ recent victory represented an easy payday for sports bettors taking the UNDER, their previous three clashes proved to be high scoring, with the two clubs combining to score an average of 8.66 goals per game during that stretch. The leafs’ recent home struggles against New York have also extend a shaky stretch for home favourites, who have claimed victory in just three of their past 10 head-to-head meetings.

New York Rangers

The Rangers have lifted themselves to within striking distance of the top of the Metropolitan Division standings during their current 4-0-0 run. Overall, the Rangers have picked up at least a point in eight of their past nine contests, including a 2-1-2 record in their past five road dates. The club struggled at times to contain opposing shooters during that stretch, including back-to-back defeats in Calgary and Edmonton in which they surrendered 12 total goals. However, Igor Shesterkin has maintained his steady form during the club’s current four-game tear, stopping 104 of 112 total shots he has faced while backstopping the club to three of those victories. The Rangers netminder also slammed the door on the Leafs in last month’s meeting, stopping 40 of 41 shots to seal the win.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs will also be looking for another big goaltending performance on Thursday night. Jack Campbell is once again expected to get the call after blanking the Predators in Tuesday’s victory, which also marked his third shutout win in seven starts this month. Overall, Campbell has allowed just 10 total goals during a sparkling 7-1-0 run, and just five total goals in two career starts against New York. Up front, William Nylander has led the offensive charge, scoring four goals and six assists in eight November outings. Nylander has also picked up at least a point in nine of 11 home appearances this season, and has tallied six points in the past four versus New York.

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