Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders - 1/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs

Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Scotiabank Arena )

TV: ESPN+

The New York Islanders go to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at the Scotiabank Arena. The Islanders are coming off of a loss to the New Jersey Devils. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak that the Islanders were on, defeating the Washington Capitals and the Minnesota Wild.

The New York Islanders have had an outstanding season so far, resulting in a 25-11-3 record. The Islanders are second in the Metropolitan Division, and the only reason they are not a top their division is that they have to compete with the Washington Capitals, who might be the best team in the NHL. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off of a two-game winning streak, defeating the Minnesota Wild and the Winnipeg Jets in the process. The Maple Leafs have played terrifically recently, winning four of their last five games, only losing to the New York Rangers.

The Maple Leafs are riding high at the moment and have a record of 23-14-5 and are second in the Atlantic Division, but are still eight points away from the Boston Bruins for first place in the division. Two players for the Toronto Maple Leafs were selected to the NHL All-Star Game, Auston Matthews and Goalie Frederik Anderson.

New York is 18-21 ATS this season
Islanders are 5-0 in their last five games as an underdog.
Toronto is 20-22 ATS this season
Maple Leafs are 8-1 in their last nine overall.

These are two of the best teams in the NHL, and certainly one of the most intriguing and exciting matchups of the weekend. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a fairly good team at home, but the New York Islanders are also a fairly good team on the road. I think this game is as close as it can be, but I believe that the Toronto Maple Leafs win it due to them being on a winning streak, being at home, and possibly coming in with a little bit more confidence than the New York Islanders. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 4-3.
 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.