Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers - 12/20/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Rangers
Date: Friday, December 20, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Maple Leafs (-150) Rangers (+136)
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (16-13-4, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (17-14-4, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) at Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 20, 2019. The Maple Leafs open this game at -150 while the Rangers are priced at +136. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Maple Leafs cover 47.1% of the time, having gone 16-18 SU. New York covers 48.5% of the time, going 16-17 straight up.
The Toronto Maple Leafs step onto the ice with a record of 17 victories and 14 defeats, putting them at 3rd in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 114 goals which is 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +4, putting them at 15th in the league. The Maple Leafs have a total of 38 pts, which is 16th in the league and 8th in the conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,169 which is 2nd in the conference and 4th in the league. As a group, Toronto has collected a total of 620 hits which means they are averaging 17.7 per contest. They have a total of 393 blocks for the season. In net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen from Barrie, Ontario. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,677 minutes protecting the goal for the campaign. Andersen is giving up an average of 2.51 goals per game which has him sitting 10th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 17th in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he's surrendered 70 goals. He has a save % of .920 which has him sitting 8th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Toronto Maple Leafs had a good night with a 5 - 3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres the last time they stepped on the ice. The Maple Leafs had a good offensive performance in the win. In this game, they finished 5 out of the 33 shots they attempted. They also had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score. Toronto ended up with a total of 4 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Maple Leafs sat at 49 and the Corsi against was 53 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 48.0%. Their Fenwick was 40 while the Fenwick against sat at 40, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They earned 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 15 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 60.9% and they had a PDO of 107.1 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Buffalo Sabres put up 30 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 2 penalty minutes and they earned 2 power play attempts.
The Rangers will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 16 victories and 13 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are currently ranked 11th in the conference and 18th in the NHL with +1. They have earned a total of 105 goals for the year which is good for 10th in the East. New York has a save % as a team of .910 which has them sitting 11th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.9% ranking them 2nd in the East. In net for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a tough season by giving up 3.13 goals against average and that ranks him 25th in the East and 52nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,093 mins he has played this year, he has given up 57 goals. He holds a save percentage of .912, which has him sitting 14th in the East and 29th in the NHL among goalies.
The New York Rangers went up against the Nashville Predators in a matchup where the Rangers were on the wrong end of the score by a score of 5 - 2. For this game, New York had a 53.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 49 while their opponent had a Corsi of 43. Their Fenwick percentage was 52.9% by earning a Fenwick of 37 and the Predators ending the game with a 33 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New York played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO at even strength was 84.2 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 67.9%. The Rangers netted 2 goals of the 41 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Predators had 2 power play chances but were not able to take advantage. New York gave up 24 shots on goal and the Predators ended up with 10 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take New York (+136) and under the total goals
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