Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Maple Leafs and Islanders. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on MSGS, and it’s hosted by the Islanders at UBS Arena in Elmont, NY. Get ready to place your bets! The Maple Leafs are favored in this Eastern conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 6 goals.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS VS NEW YORK ISLANDERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Islanders +1.5
This game will be played at UBS Arena at 7:00 ET on Monday, December 11th.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS:
- Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Islanders.
- We like the Islanders on the moneyline (+103)
- The Islanders are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can The Maple Leafs Secure a Road Victory?
Facing the Islanders, the Maple Leafs have a record of 14-6-4 so far. At home, their record is 8-4-1 and 6-2-3 on the road. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 3rd, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 4th.
Against the puck line, Toronto is 6-18. Their road puck line record so far is 2-9 while sitting 4-9 at home against the puckline. This season, Toronto’s games are averaging 6.7 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.5. The Maple Leafs currently have an over/under record of 12-11-1.
Through their last three road games, Toronto has an puck line record of just 0-3. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 3 goals per game.
On offense, the Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game which is 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 27th in the league. The Toronto offense is ranked 20th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 18th in the NHL.
The leading scorer for Toronto’s offense is Auston Matthews. Coming into the game he has 18 goals, ranking 2nd in the NHL. Matthews also comes into the game with 9 assists.
The Islanders defense is currently 4th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 35.7 shots per game against New York. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 2nd with 4 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Ilya Samsonov has started 11 games this season. His current record stands at 5-1, and his save percentage is 88.6%.
Does New York Have What it Takes at Home?
Currently, the Islanders hold an overall record of 12-7-7 for the season. On the road, New York has a 6-4-2 record, while they are 6-3-5 at their home venue. They are currently positioned 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 8th in the Eastern conference.
Against the puck line, New York is 13-13. Their road puck line record so far is 9-3 while sitting 4-10 at home against the puckline. Games involving New York have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6. In terms of their over/under performance, the Islanders come in with a record of 14-11-1.
When looking at their past three matchups at home, New York has an puck line record of 3-0 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
The Islanders come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 23rd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 25th in the league. New York’s offense is currently ranked 17th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 7th in the league.
New York’s leading scorer is Brock Nelson. So far, he has 11 goals which is 39th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 9 assists so far.
Defensively, the Islanders are currently 4th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 35.7 shots per game against New York. They also are 2nd in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Toronto, goalie Ilya Sorokin has started 17 games in this season. His current record is 7-4, and his save percentage stands at 91.3%.