Leafs To Give Inspired Effort At Home Vs. Islanders

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:16 PM GMT

The Islanders are 9-2-2 in their last 13 games and trail the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but handicapper Dana Lane explains why it's time to get off this train and put your money on Toronto vs. the Isles on Tuesday. 

2016-2017 NHL Record: 62-47 (+20.20 Units)

There are a few things we can count on in life: Montreal Canadiens players taking dives, teams winning games on their "Dad's Trip' and the Dallas Stars' unwillingness to admit that they have had a goaltending issue.

We can add winning hockey games to that list as we squeaked by with the Coyotes-Flames 'under' Monday night, but a win is a win and that gives us five straight winners and a February record of 9-3. Our win percentage and NHL betting units are at a season high, so life is good as we move forward towards our goal of a +30 unit hockey season.

For Tuesday, we're going against the streak of the New York Islanders as they travel to Air Canada to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not a surprise that the public looks at a streaking Islanders team, getting plus money, as an attractive option for their betting card against a Leafs team that has lost two straight.

The Islanders are sitting just one point in back of Toronto in the Eastern Conference and would obviously go ahead with a win. I equate this game to a basketball team that has just come back from a 20-point deficit to get within one but seems to never get the lead. They've exhausted too much energy getting back in the game but don't have enough left to complete the comeback. The Islanders are on a 9-2-2 run, but they will run out of steam tonight.

With team motivation a big factor in NHL handicapping, let's not lose sight of the fact that Toronto is just three points behind the Bruins with four games in hand. The Leafs can't afford to let those games slip away when Boston isn't playing. Seems plenty motivating to me. Want more motivation?, the Islanders have beaten Toronto twice this season, 5-1 and 6-5 in OT.

As impressive as the Islanders have been lately, they still have to prove to me that they can go on the road and get a quality victory. With a road record of 7-11-4, I'm not as excited to get on their winning streak until I know I can rely on them away from home.

NHL Free Pick: Leafs -139

Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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