New York Islanders (19-13-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (26-10-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 29, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -225 / New York Islanders +185 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New York Islanders look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 13 goals, Mathew Barzal has 24 assists and Josh Bailey has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 37 goals on 454 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 50 goals on 624 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to stay hot while building on their solid five-game winning streak. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 24 goals, Mitch Marner has 38 assists and Morgan Rielly has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 74 goals on 965 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 22 goals on 238 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.
The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Maple Leafs are 39-16 in their last 55 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Islanders are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 15-4-3 in Maple Leafs last 22 overall. The under is 12-3-1 in Islanders last 16 overall.
You can make a strong case for the New York Islanders and the big plus money, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have won the last four meetings against them and have outscored them 21-8 in those meetings. The Maple Leafs are also back to getting the job done with defense, which makes them one of the more balanced and scary teams in the league. I'm not looking to bet against the Toronto Maple Leafs when they have both the offense and defense working the way it is currently.