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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils - 11/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Jersey Devils (11-4-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0)
Date & Time Thursday November 16, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
MSG+
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The NHL comes to the Air Canada Centre where the New Jersey Devils visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The New Jersey Devils are on the road for the second straight game when the team makes a stop at the Toronto Maple Leafs. New Jersey is looking to extend their current winning streak to three games after outscoring the Chicago Blackhawks 7-5 on Sunday.

Defense was scarce and both offenses took full advantage with six goals scored in the first period. Miles Wood led the Devils scoring charge with a hat trick with Taylor Hall, Brian Gibbons, Nico Hishier and Andy Greene joining the scoring spree.

The Blackhawks offense came from Artem Anisimov, Alex Debrincat, Jan Rutta, Tanner Kero, Patrick Kane and Richard Panik. Corey Crawford allowed six goals on 25 shots to absorb the loss for Chicago while Keith Kinkaid was charged with five goals on 44 shots to lift New Jersey back to back wins.

The suddenly surging Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the New Jersey Devils to town for a Thursday bout. Toronto was going backwards a week ago but have racked up four consecutive victories after downing the Boston Bruins 4-1 where both ends of the  ice have contributed to the success.

Mitch Marmer  gave the Maple Leafs the first goal at 8:52 of the first with James van Riemsdyk scoring on the power play at 14:16 to double the advantage. Frank Vatrano cut the deficit to 2-1 at 15:18 but the Bruins wouldn’t score again. 

Toronto struck again in the third on a Morgan Reilly tally at 6:52 and Patrick Marleau finished off the scoring with an empty netter with 1:47 remaining. Curtis McElhinney lifted the Maple Leafs to their 4th straight win with 39 saves while Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots in defeat.   

Devils are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and Devils are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and Devils are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic. Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 overall and Maple Leafs are 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games and over is 2-0-2 in Maple Leafs last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game. Over is 5-0-3 in the last 8 meetings and under is 20-5-4 in the last 29 meetings in Toronto and home team is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings. 

There has been plenty of scoring in recent matchups in this series but I’m inclined to go with the surging Maple Leafs once goalies are confirmed…

Pick:
Toronto // will update

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