The Toronto Maple Leafs visit Leafs visit the New Jersey Devils as favorites on the NHL betting lines. Given the latest stats, news, and injury reports, Toronto should beat up on the Devils for the second time in as many nights. But can Toronto pull off another two-goal win (or more)?
Maple Leafs vs Devils
New Jersey Done?
We’ve still got 39 games to go and the New Jersey Devils appear to have given up already. Since Nov. 30, the Devils have won just six games (6-17-1). Their .271 point percentage is only better than Montreal’s and their -27 goal differential is tied for fourth-worst.
Where do we begin? The offense, which was supposed to be New Jersey’s go-to, has been pretty blah. Yes, Jack Hughes is hot-ish and Jesper Bratt is having a solid season, but Dougie Hamilton has been in-and-out of the lineup and the team is scoring just 2.7 goals per game in this span.
The penalty kill has been decent at 84.6 percent. But it doesn’t make up for how bad the netminding has been on 5v5. New Jersey is in the bottom-three in save percentage, and with six goalies, the Devils have combined for a -22.8 goals saved above expectations. Fade New Jersey on the sportsbook as long as it stays this bad.
Maple Leafs Eye Opportunity
Speaking of goaltending woes, the Toronto Maple Leafs can relate a little here. Jack Campbell, who has played like the Vezina Trophy front-runner earlier in the season, has cooled off.
In his last 10 games, Campbell has put up a 7-2-1 record but only with an .894 save percentage, down from .942 prior. That latter was unsustainable but the Leafs are only 5-5-3 when he posts a SV% below his .926 average and just 3-4-1 when it’s below .900.
Leafs score 5 unanswered in the third to go from down 4-2 to up 7-4.
Toronto has now pulled off as many multi-goal/third-period comebacks as they have collapses (7). Coincidentally, their record when doing both is the exact same (5-1-1, for a combined 10-2-2).
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 30, 2022
Of course, Toronto is still one of the hottest teams, posting nearly 3.5 goals per game. So if Campbell has been average, the Leafs have a shot at winning even if they’re down. And that makes them worth a bet online.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs New Jersey Devils Head to Head
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Toronto Maple Leafs vs New Jersey Devils Game Information
- Date: Tuesday
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Prudential Center
- Toronto Maple Leafs vs New Jersey Devils Live Stream: NHL Live
Maple Leafs vs Devils Betting Lines
Toronto Maple Leafs vs New Jersey Devils Prediction
We’re not too fond of Toronto at 2-1 chalk. Instead, the puckline at +105 is a great bet as the combination of a streaky Leafs’ offense with terrible New Jersey netminding will likely be a blowout for Toronto.
Recent history hints at this too. Toronto has won five straight versus New Jersey with a +3.2 goal differential while going 4-1 on the puckline in this process.
Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -1½ goals (+105)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have averaged nearly six goals in their last five games against the New Jersey Devils and the total has gone over on four of these games. New Jersey has enough firepower to produce a goal or two themselves so even with a steep 6½-goal total, the -110 line for this one to go over is a good play.