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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers - 2/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers (38-19-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (28-20-11)
Date & Time Thursday February 23, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -115 / New York Rangers +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New York Rangers head to the Air Canada Centre to take the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey tilt.

The Montreal Canadiens need momentum going forward and they might have gotten the boost that was necessary after a 3-2, shootout victory at the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Paul Byron beat Henrik Lundqvist in round number five to get new head coach Claude Julien his first win with the Habs. Andrew Shaw and Shea Weber scored in regulation for the Canadiens with Carey Price picking up the win with a 28 save performance. The Rangers offense came off the sticks of Oscar Lindberg and Rick Nash while Lundqvist recorded 26 stops in defeat as New York saw their five game winning streak on home ice come to an end.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Winnipeg Jets went toe to toe for three periods and still needed overtime to decide the winner in a 5-4 Toronto victory at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. Jake Gardiner netted the game winner in the extra session with  Leo Komarov lighting the lamp twice. Nazem Kadri and William Nylander joined the scoring column to help Frederik Andersen get the victory with 16 stops. Winnipeg received a pair of goals from Patrik Laine with Bryan Little and Nikolaj Ehlers also finding the back of the net. Jets netminder Connor Hellebucyk was charged with all five goals on a hefty 37 shots.

The Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games and the over is 6-1 in Rangers last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record while the Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 8-0 in Maple Leafs last 8 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation and the Maple Leafs are 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games while the under is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. The over is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto and the Rangers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings while the Rangers are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto. 

The Rangers have played Toronto very tough and the scoreboard has gotten a workout in this match up and I lean over until goalies are confirmed…

over 5.5 // will update

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