NHL Picks: Trust Maple Leafs in NY to Emerge Victorious vs. Rangers

SBR Staff

Sunday, November 15, 2015 6:52 PM GMT

Prior to the Leafs game Saturday vs Vancouver, they had won two in a row, with both wins coming as huge road dogs. The Rangers will be facing them in hopes of extending their win streak.

Toronto Maple Leafs (4-8-1-3 SU, 9-7 PL, 5-11-0 OU) vs New York Rangers(12-2-1-1 SU, 11-5 PL, 4-8-4 OU)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 15, 2015
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York
Lines: NY Rangers -240/Toronto +200
NHL Odds Total: 5

 

Toronto Lacks Scoring Punch To Compete Consistently
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won a few games of late, but still this is a bad team that will not be able to win on a consistent basis until they get some more offense. Right now they are ranked 27th in the league in scoring, putting up just 2.1 gpg on the year. They have scored more than three goals just once in their last 12 games and have put up just 10 total goals in their last five games. Their main scoring options are Joffrey Lupul, James Van Riemsdyk and Leo Komarov, who each have five goals. No one else on the team has more than three.

Toronto also needs some help at the defensive end of the ice, where they rank 28th in the league in goals allowed, giving up 2.8 gpg. Jonathan Bernier has really struggled as he is 0-7 with a 3.02 GAA on the year. He got the start on Saturday night, so tonight it will be James Reimer, who is 4-5 on the year, but with a much better 2.33 GAA. He is 2-3 with a 3.46 GAA vs the Rangers in his career. The Leafs are feeling better about their two wins, but still they need more offense.

 

Henrik Lundqvist Says Leave My Pads Alone
It’s that time of year when the NHL starts discussing ways to tinker with goalie pads. Well Henrik Lundqvist says that he wants the pads left alone. A big reason he feels this way is because the NHL has more pressing needs than how big the goalie pads are. The NHL really needs to take a look at some more ways to open up the scoring and leave the equipment alone. He feels the focus is in the wrong area right now. NHL VP Colin Campbell has stated that there will be an obvious decrease in size of the goalie pads next year. Lundqvists stated that before he passes judgement he’ll have to try it on first.

Lundqvist has had a very good year so far as he is 9-4 on the year with a 1.76 GAA so far. He is also 13-13 with a 2.77 GAA in his career vs the Maple Leafs. Prior to the Rangers game vs Ottawa on Saturday they have won seven games in a row and have done it on both ends of the ice as they check in at 4th in the league in scoring (3.2 gpg) and 1st in the league in goals allowed (1.7 gpg).

Going to take a shot with the Leafs on the puck line. They are playing much better as a team right now and the Rangers will be off a road battle with Ottawa the night before. Toronto’s last four games have all been decided by one goal and they won two of those. I see this one as a one goal game as well.

NHL Pick: Toronto +1.5 (-163) at 5Dimes

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