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Maple Leafs vs. Islanders - 3/9/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Islanders (42-21-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (26-35-5)
Date & Time Monday March 9, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +154 / New York Islanders -171 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSG+, RSNONT
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NHL | New York Islanders (42-21-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (26-35-5)
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The New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs play Monday at the Air Canada Centre.

The New York Islanders need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Islanders are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have two power play goals in their last four games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. John Tavares leads New York with 32 goals, Kyle Okposo has 30 assists and Anders Lee has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 119 goals on 1,341 shots faced and Kevin Poulin has given up three goals on 26 shots.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after losing four of their last five. The Maple Leafs are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have one power play goal in their last five games and have won three straight when scoring at least three goals. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 23 goals, James van Riemsdyk has 24 assists and Tyler Bozak has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing 3.1 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 119 goals on 1,387 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 74 goals on 780 shots.

The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 Monday games. The Maple Leafs are 1-10 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 11-28 in their last 39 vs. Metropolitan. The Islanders are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and the home team is 38-18-1 in the last 57 meetings.

The Maple Leafs have been flat out awful on short rest, and the Islanders are due for a big win. Take the spread to give your wager more bang for its buck. 

Pick:
New York Islanders -1.5

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