Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders
|Date & Time||Monday April 1, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
New York Islanders -115 / Toronto Maple Leafs +104
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Monday night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-2 loss to Ottawa in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Ottawa broke the deadlock and carried a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period. Toronto would tie the game thanks to goals from Auston Matthews and Connor Brown just :27 apart, but the comeback would be short-lived as Ottawa re-took the lead just 1:12 later. The Sens would seal the deal with an empty-netter late in the 3rd period, sending Toronto home empty-handed against the Sens for the 3rd time this season. Garret Sparks took the loss, falling to 8-8-1 this season, allowing 3 goals on 21 shots faced in the losing effort.
The New York Islanders will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 5-1 victory over the Sabres last time out. Jordan Eberle opened the scoring for the Isles with the lone goal of the first period before Anthony Beauvillier doubled the lead in the early stages of the 2nd and Michael Dal Colle pushed the lead to 3-0 before the end of the middle frame. Ryan Pulock made it four within the first :30 of the 3rd and Beauvillier added his 2nd to make it 5-0 before Buffalo added a consolation goal later in the period. That’s as close as Buffalo would get though as New York would slam the door shut the rest of the way to seal the deal and secure a playoff spot. Robin Lehner got the win to improve to 24-12-5 this season after stopping 31 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort.
Toronto is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games against the Eastern Conference. New York is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 home games while the under is 23-4-2 in their last 29 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
As a Leafs fan, I really hope I’m wrong here, but Toronto hasn’t been playing like a playoff-caliber team over the last few weeks and we saw what happened the last time Toronto played in Uniondale, as the Islanders crushed Toronto in John Tavares’ return. It’s the second time playing at the Nassau Coliseum, but I expect there to be a similar environment for this game as well. The Islanders have been playing solid hockey in their own right lately, and we just aren’t getting enough plus money to take a shot on Toronto given the form of these two teams over the last couple of weeks, so I’ll lay the juice with the Islanders at home in this one.