Currently riding a five-game winning streak on own ice, the Toronto Maple Leafs (2nd in Atlantic Division) will continue their ongoing homestand with a fixture against the New York Rangers (3rd in Metropolitan), who have collected points in five straight games away from home.
Blueshirts Beat FloridaThe New York Rangers (26-14-7) snatched their second win in the past three games (2-1-0) and they're seventh in the last 10 (7-2-1) after clobbering the Florida Panthers with a count of 6-2 at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Mika Zibanejad (22 goals, 49 points this year) scored twice and picked up an assist for the Blueshirts, who tallied four consecutive snipes, including two in a span of 14 seconds in the third period, after the visitors tied the game at 1-1 at the start of the opening frame. It was the first win in three home games for New York (1-2-0), which is 3-0-2 on its previous five travels.
Goalie Igor Shesterkin made 33 saves and almost buried an empty-netter on Monday, taking his current performance total to 21-8-6 for the season with a 2.44 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He has recorded a 4-1-0 career tally against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 1.99 GAA and a .938 save percentage. The Rangers, meanwhile, are scoring the 16th-highest quantity of goals per game this year (3.17), while conceding the 4th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.62). They are 16th in power play with a 22.2% success rate and 12th in penalty kill with 80.6% efficiency.
Leafs Overcome IslandersThe Toronto Maple Leafs (29-11-8) triumphed for the third time in their past four contests, extending their point run to four matchups (3-0-1) after starting their current five-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena on Monday. After entering the first intermission with a 1-0 deficit, the Leafs buried four markers in the second period, finishing it with a 4-2 lead, with William Nylander (26 goals, 56 points this year) netting twice and assisting on the other two markers before Auston Matthews (25 goals, 53 points) made it 5-2 in the final third. With that, Toronto extended its domestic winning streak to five fixtures.
Goalie Ilya Samsonov stopped 31 shots on Monday, improving to a 13-0-1 record on their own ice this season. He is 15-4-2 for the whole ongoing campaign with a 2.21 GAA and a .920 save percentage, and has posted a 1-3-1 career total against the New York Rangers with a 3.89 GAA and a .861 save percentage. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are netting the 8th-highest number of goals per game in 2022-23 (3.40), while giving up the 5th lowest quantity in their defensive zone (2.63). They are sitting 7th in power play with a 24.7% conversion rate and are 16th in penalty kill with 79.1% proficiency.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The best bet for the Maple Leafs’ upcoming home outing against the Rangers most definitely is a draw on a 3-way moneyline (+345), as three of the past four meetings between the two opponents in Toronto have already gone past regulation. Besides, it is just generally tough to call the outcome of this particular fixture based on the current form of both teams. Having said that, do stick with the visitors here! While struggling a tad on own ice lately, losing two of their last three domestic contests, the Rangers have been quite solid when skating away from home, winning three of their previous four and eight of their past 11 road assignments. The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, have already dropped five of their most recent six overall decisions against the Blueshirts, being beaten in 12 of their last 17 encounters with New York in Toronto.
Full-Game Total Pick
Even though a whopping 10 of the past 14 meetings between the Rangers and the Maple Leafs in Toronto have cruised past the set goal-mark, three of their most recent four head-to-head encounters have all been low-scoring affairs, averaging no more than 3.33 tallies per clash. So, do bank on their upcoming contest to go under the total once again! When facing off against opponents with a winning record, the Maple Leafs have already kept things quiet on the offensive end of the ice on 15 of the previous 22 occasions. Four of the most recent five overall contests of the Blueshirts, meanwhile, have all witnessed no more than four strikes on the scoreboard, posting an average of just 3.50 markers per game.