Toronto Maple Leafs (21-10-2) at New Jersey Devils (11-13-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 18, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils +138 / Toronto Maple Leafs -182 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Toronto Maple Leafs could use a big bounce back victory after losing four of their last five games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 20 goals, Mitch Marner has 35 assists and Morgan Rielly has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 68 goals on 882 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 18 goals on 208 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
The New Jersey Devils could also use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 17 goals, Taylor Hall has 23 assists and Nico Hischier has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 29 goals on 196 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 72 goals on 766 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Maple Leafs are 7-0 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Devils are 1-8 in their last 9 vs. Atlantic, 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-20 in their last 27 overall. The Maple Leafs are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in New Jersey and the home team is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings. The over is 7-2 in Maple Leafs last 9 overall. The over is 18-7-2 in Devils last 27 overall.
I'm not laying this much juice with a Toronto Maple Leafs team on the road that's in a bit of a slump and can't get stops defensively. However, the New Jersey Devils aren't playing much better and have had defensive issues of their own. The one side to lean in this game is the over, which has been a strong trend for both clubs throughout the season. Also, six of the last eight meetings between the Maple Leafs and Devils have produced at least six goals. I'll side with the over to avoid the steep price.