New York Islanders (29-26-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (37-20-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 22, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -182 / New York Islanders +130 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.
The New York Islanders could us a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with 30 goals, Josh Bailey has 47 assists and Anders Lee has 155 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 127 goals on 1,422 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 84 goals on 774 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 27 goals, Mitch Marner has 32 assists and William Nylander has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 130 goals on 1,667 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 21 goals on 308 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Islanders are 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Maple Leafs are 7-0 in their last 7 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Islanders are 11-23-1 in the last 35 meetings in Toronto, the home team is 43-21-1 in the last 65 meetings and the over is 37-18-2 in the last 57 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the hotter teams in the league, and that will continue if the defense continues to hold up, as there's too much offensive firepower to help put this club over the top. The New York Islanders have the offense to keep up in this game, but once again, giving up three goals is a good night for this team. The Toronto Maple Leafs should be able to get whatever they want offensively and win yet another game.