New York Islanders (25-19-10) at Toronto Maple Leafs (25-18-11)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 14, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -128 / New York Islanders +116 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to exact some revenge on the New York Islanders when the two sides meet up at the ACC on Tuesday.
The Islanders head into Toronto looking for a repeat of their last matchup with the Buds at the Barclay’s Center in what was a high scoring exciting affair that ended in New York’s favour. New York is on the hunt for a playoff spot and after a sluggish start to the season they have climbed back into the playoff picture and each and every game the rest of the way is crucial to their chances of making the postseason as they are competing against some of the league’s best teams in their division. New York usually finds a way to up their game when playing in Toronto, namely John Tavares who always has a large contingent on hand for his home town game and as one of the league’s best offensive threats he will be looking to fill the score sheet against a Leafs side that has struggled since the all-star break.
The Maple Leafs meanwhile are competing for a playoff spot themselves as they are battling tooth and nail in the Atlantic division and if they can get back to the way they were playing before the all-star break they should be in a good spot at home here. Toronto owes a lot of their success to the play of their explosive rookies as Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews have been excellent with the latter the likely candidate to win the Calder Trophy as the league’s top freshman. However, the play of Frederik Andersen has been huge for this group and while he has struggled at times over the last few weeks he has certainly been their MVP and if he too can regain his early season form that the Leafs stand a great chance at making the playoffs.
The Islanders are 7-1 in their last eight games when playing on one day’s rest but are 7-17 in their last 24 road games while the Leafs are 5-0 in their last five playing on two day’s rest but 2-6 in their last eight overall. This is going to be an exciting game and while a lot of money is coming in on the road team here at a great price I am leaning towards Toronto who has a bit more offensive depth and the better goalie.