New York Islanders vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 10/21/14 NHL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (2-3-1) at New York Islanders (4-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday
The Line: New York Islanders -145 / Toronto Maple Leafs +132 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders play Tuesday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to snap a two-game losing streak and win their second road game of the season. The Maple Leafs will have to be much better offensively, as they scored just one goal in two games against the Detroit Red Wings. The Maple Leafs have lost 20 straight games when scoring two or less goals. Tyler Bozak leads the Maple Leafs with three goals, James van Riemsdyk has 21 shots on goal and Leo Komarov has four assists. Defensively, James Reimer has allowed eight goals on 85 shots and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 11 goals in 117 shots faced. The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone 15 straight power opportunities without allowing a goal, improving their killing percentage to 86.4 on the season.
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The New York Islanders look to remain undefeated at home after losing their first game Saturday to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders are one of the better offensive teams in the league, scoring 20 goals in their first five games. The Islanders have won six straight games when scoring more than two goals. Brock Nelson leads the Islanders with four goals, Kyle Okposo has 21 shots on goal and John Tavares has seven assists. Defensively, Jaroslav Halak has allowed 11 goals on 127 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed three goals on 24 shots. The New York Islanders have the worst power play killing percentage in the NHL at 58.8 percent, and they’ve allowed three power play goals in their last two games. The Islanders also went 0-7 on the power play in their last game.
The Maple Leafs are 10-26 in their last 36 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Islanders are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are 8-18 in the last 26 meetings in New York.
Toronto has been absolutely awful in New York the last several years and besides a horrible power play, the Islanders haven't shown many weaknesses out of the gate. I'll take New York to win this game as a home favorite.