New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/28/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+158) Maple Leafs (-175)
Scotiabank Arena is the venue where Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs (20-14-4, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) will play the New York Rangers (17-15-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) on Saturday. The Maple Leafs open this matchup at -175 while the Rangers are priced at +158. The total is set at 6. The Rangers are covering 47.2% of the time, having gone 17-19 SU. Toronto covers 51.4% of the time, going 19-18 straight up.
The New York Rangers step onto the ice holding a record of 17 wins and 15 defeats, putting them at 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 114 goals which has them ranked at 11th in the Eastern Conference and 18th in the league. Their goal differential is -2, putting them at 19th in the league. The Rangers have earned a total of 38 pts, which has them ranked at 24th in the league and 13th in the conference. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 1,065 which has them ranked at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the league. As a group, New York has racked up a total of 711 hits which has them averaging 19.8 per game. They have earned a total of 437 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for New York is Henrik Lundqvist from Fussen, West Germany. He is 37 years old and has played a total of 1,212 mins in net this season. Lundqvist is giving up 3.12 GAA which has him ranking 23rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 47th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he has allowed 63 goals. He has a save percentage of .910 which has him ranking 14th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New York Rangers will look for better times on the ice after their 5 - 1 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Rangers didn't have a great showing offensively in the loss. For this game, they converted 1 of the 35 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 4 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. New York racked up 12 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Rangers was 41 and the Corsi against was 42 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 49.4%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 34, which means they earned a rate of 49.3%. They won 24 face-off wins and were beaten on 26 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 77.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 81.8 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers earned 30 shots. They finished with 8 penalty mins and they earned a total of 6 power play attempts.
The Maple Leafs will be looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 20 victories and 14 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are ranked 7th in the East and 9th in the NHL with +12. They have compiled a total of 132 goals for the year which puts them at 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has a team save % of .903 which currently has them ranked 18th in the NHL, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.4% putting them at 5th in the East. In goal for Toronto is Frederik Andersen who is having an average year by giving up 2.64 goals per game and that places him 11th among East goaltenders and 18th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,796 minutes he has played this season, he has surrendered 79 goals. His save % is .916, which has him sitting 8th among East goaltenders and 19th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Toronto Maple Leafs faced the Carolina Hurricanes in a game where the Maple Leafs got the victory by a final score of 8 - 6. In this outing, Toronto wound up with a 54.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 55 while the opposition had a Corsi of 46. Their Fenwick rate came in at 53.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 46 and the Hurricanes finishing with a 40 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Toronto played and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO at even strength of 103.3 and their oZS percentage was 53.8%. The Maple Leafs notched 8 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and netted 2 out of those chances. On the other side of the ice, the Hurricanes had 3 power play opportunities and ended up scoring 1 goal. Toronto gave way to 40 shots on goal and the Hurricanes had 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+158)
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