Thursday's NHL Prediction
Toronto and New Jersey are both struggling to get out of the bottom of their divisions and each is in need of a win when the two meet on Thursday in the NHL.
Toronto is 6-8-3 on the year and in last in the Northeast Division, 10 points behind Montreal for the lead. The Leafs have scored 40 goals on the season and allowed 51. The Leafs are 4-4-2 at home.
The Devils are 5-11-2 this season and 14 points behind Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. The Devils have scored just 33 goals this season, which is a league low. The Devils have also allowed 59 goals on the year. New Jersey is 4-6-0 on the road.
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have made the Toronto a favorite in this game with a betting line of -121 while the Devils have a line of +112. The over/under goal total has been set at 5.5. Here is a look at the trends and my pick for tonight’s game.
New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7PM ET (View Matchup)
The home team has won the last four games in this series but the underdog has won seven of the last 10. The Leafs are 12-5 in their last 17 games when playing on one day of rest.
The under has hit in 20 of the last 27 games in this series when playing in Toronto and in 19 of the last 29 games total in the series.
NHL FREE PICK: TORONTO -121
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