New Jersey Devils (4-11) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (10-5) 7:35 PM ET
According to current NHL betting odds Toronto is a -175 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. Toronto has won the last 4 meetings between these two clubs. The series has seen just 3 of the last 26-games played in Toronto go over the total.
The New Jersey Devils come off a 3-0 win at Philadelphia last night which enabled them to break a 2-game losing streak. Last night’s game mark the 3rd straight in which the Devils either shutout their opponent, or were shutout themselves. As a matter of fact the Devils have posted 2 shutouts this season, and have also been blanked 4 times as well. The Devils have seen just 4 of their 15-games go over the total this season, and have gone under the total in their last 4-games overall. New Jersey has gone 4-4 in their last 8-games after starting the season 0-7. The win at Philadelphia last night was just their 2nd road victory of the season which was preceded by them losing 8 of their first 9-games as vistiors. New Jersey is 27th in the NHL averaging a paltry 1.9 goals per game.
Devils Goaltending Rotation
Martin Brodeur was in goal last night posting his first shutout of the season stopping all 22 of the Flyers shots on goal. In all likelihood it will be Cory Schneider between the pipes for the Devils tonight. Schneider is 1-6 on the season with a 2.27 GAA and an average .907 save percentage. Since shutting out the Rangers on October 19th Schneider has posted a poor .873 save percentage in his 3 starts. The Devils have failed to go over the total in Schneider’s last 7 starts in goal.
Well Rested Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing tonight with 5 days of rest. They last took the ice in Vancouver last Saturday in a game they were blanked by the Canucks 4-0. That contest was the last of a 3-game western Canada road swing in which the Leafs went 2-1. With the exception of faceoff draws the Leafs have been solid in all facets of their game so far. They’re 5th on the power play and 4th in penalty killing in all of the NHL.
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The Leafs Goaltending
The goaltending tandem of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer has been superb this season. In 10 starts Bernier has a 2.31 GAA and an outstanding .933 save percentage. James Reimer has been terrific in his 5 starts going 4-1 with a 2.36 GAA and an excellent .942 save percentage.
The Devils know they can ill afford to get into a wide open game with a more offensively skilled Toronto team. I look for this one to see a shortage of quality scoring chances and to be a low scoring affair for our NHL picks.
Any team that comes off a road shutout loss and has played 5-games or less in the last 14 days has seen 29 of those 37-games (78.4%) go under the total since the start of the 2009-2010 year.