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NHL Picks: Rangers Best Bet as Road Underdog

Two of the hottest teams in the NHL get together for the third time when the New York Rangers look to become the second team with 20 wins both at home and on the road. When looking at our best NHL bets today, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the slight favorites.

The Rangers and Maple Leafs have split the first two meetings with each team winning on the road and both games landing over the total after five of the previous six meetings went under the total.

NHL Picks: Rangers Best Bet as Road Underdog
NHL Picks: Rangers Best Bet as Road Underdog

Looking at NHL futures odds, the Rangers are tied for fifth at +1000 for the best odds to win the Stanley Cup, with the Maple Leafs coming in ninth at +1300 in the championship odds.

Keep on reading for more on the matchup between the Rangers and the Maple Leafs.


Rangers vs Maple Leafs Game Information

  1. Game: Rangers (40-17-3) vs Maple Leafs (34-17-8)
  2. Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 2, 7 p.m. ET
  3. Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ONT
  4. Rangers vs Maple Leafs Live Stream: NHL.com


Toronto is 16-10-1 as the home favorite but 9-18 against the puck line.

The Rangers have the second-most road wins among Eastern Conference teams. They haven’t been the road underdog since a Jan. 20 loss to the Los Angeles Kings and are 1-3 as the underdog on the road this season.

Toronto is priced at -125 to win the game outright with the Rangers at +105 on the moneyline according to our NHL betting lines.

The Rangers and Maple Leafs will meet on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. You can watch the game on MSG, part of the Hockey Night in Canada package or ESPN+.


Rangers vs Maple Leafs Odds and Spreads

  1. Toronto is 26-19-6 as the favorite this season.
  2. The Rangers are 6-4-1 when listed as the underdog.
  3. Toronto is just 10-19 against the spread at home.
  4. Eighteen of Toronto’s 29 home games went over the total.
  5. The total has gone under in each of the last five games for the Rangers.
  6. The game went over the total in 11 of the last 16 times that the Rangers played at Toronto.
  7. Four of Toronto’s last five games went over the total.
  8. Eight of the Maple Leafs’ last 11 games versus Metropolitan Division teams went over the total.

Rangers vs Maple Leafs Over/Under Pick: Under 6½ (-105)

Each of the last five games played by the Rangers have had no more than six combined goals. The Rangers have allowed the third-fewest goals since the start of February. That is something to consider for NHL over/under predictions.

The total went under in four of New York’s last five games against Eastern Conference teams.

Rangers vs Maple Leafs ATS Pick: Rangers +1½ (-230)

Toronto’s four-game home winning streak ended with a loss to defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas before bouncing back with a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes. This should be a much tougher test against one of the best road teams in the NHL.

The Rangers continue to play without forward Filip Chytil and Blake Wheeler, who are out for the season

Already without defensemen John Klingberg, Jake Muzzin, and Conor Timmins, now Mark Giordano and Timothy Liljegren are questionable for the Maple Leafs.

The Rangers are 11-1 in the last 12 games and have won five of the last six games on the road.

The Maple Leafs have lost seven of their last eight games against Eastern Conference teams.

Rangers vs Maple Leafs Player Prop Pick: William Nylander 1+ Goals (+140)

With the way Auston Matthews is scoring the goals, it is easy to overlook that William Nylander has seven goals and 10 assists during a nine-game point-scoring streak. He is a solid bet at +140 to score a goal when it comes to the NHL hockey bets today.

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Rangers vs Maple Leafs Prediction

Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2



Questions of the Day

How have the Rangers fared in recent road games against the Toronto Maple Leafs?

The Rangers have won four of the last six road games against the Maple Leafs and covered in each of those six contests.

What is a good player prop option for the New York Rangers?

Artemi Panarin has 16 points over his last 11 games after having a part in three of the four goals in a win over Columbus. Look at the +158 odds for Panarin to have at least two points.

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