The Maple Leafs were scheduled to go on the road to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday evening, with their last result prior to that being a 3-0 loss at the Nashville Predators on Tuesday evening. That was their fourth loss in their last five games and they will be desperate to address that before the NHL playoffs begin.
The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.55 Goals per Game at present, which leaves them 4th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.00 Goals per Game (16th overall). John Tavares has scored 40 goals for the Maple Leafs, while Mitch Marner has recorded 61 assists.
The Rangers have long been out of the running for the playoffs, so there is precious little for them to play for over the remainder of this season. Their last game was a 3-2 loss on home-ice against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday evening. That was their fifth straight loss and their 11th defeat in 12 games.
The Rangers have averaged 2.71 Goals per Game (23rd overall), while allowing 3.29 Goals per Game (tied 24th overall). Their main man this season has been Mika Zibanejad, who has scored 28 goals this season, while registering 39 assists.
In terms of predictions for this game, the Maple Leafs are in need of a boost and with the Rangers’ current form being so poor, they should make ideal opposition, particularly with the Maple Leafs having home-ice advantage. They are therefore the tips on the Money Line odds to win this game.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs