Maple Leafs vs Rangers Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/5/2020
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Rangers
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Maple Leafs (-138) Rangers (+125)
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (25-22-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-18-7, 4th in the Atlantic Division) at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The Rangers open this matchup at +125 while the Maple Leafs are priced at -138. The O/U opens at 7. The Maple Leafs are covering 51.9% of the time, having gone 27-25 SU. New York covers 49.0% of the time, going 25-26 straight up.
The Toronto Maple Leafs head into this matchup holding a record of 28 wins and 18 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 190 goals which has them sitting at 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL. Their goal differential is +18, putting them at 8th in the NHL. The Maple Leafs currently have a total of 63 pts, which has them sitting at 11th in the NHL and 8th in the Eastern Conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,785 which has them sitting at 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL. As a team, Toronto has compiled a total of 850 hits which means they are averaging 16 per game. They currently have a total of 576 blocks for the year. The goalie for Toronto is Frederik Andersen from Barrie, Ontario. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,406 minutes defending the net for the season. Andersen is surrendering an average of 2.87 goals per contest which puts him at 18th among East goaltenders and 34th among goalies in the NHL. So far this season, he's given up 115 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .910 which puts him at 14th among East goaltenders.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 5 - 3 loss against the Florida Panthers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Maple Leafs had a middle of the road offensive outing in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they scored on 3 out of the 34 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 3 power play chances and were able to score 1 goal out of those attempts. Toronto had 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Maple Leafs sat at 46 and the Corsi against was 35 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 56.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 and the Fenwick against sat at 25, telling us they have a rate of 59.7%. They won 24 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 19 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 61.9% and they had a PDO of 80.5 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Florida Panthers racked up 21 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Rangers will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 25 victories and 22 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference and 18th in the NHL with +2. They currently have a total of 166 goals for the season which is good for 7th in the East. New York has a save percentage as a team of .905 which currently has them ranked 15th in the NHL, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.7% which is good for 4th in the East. In goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a bad season by surrendering 3.13 GAA and that places him 26th among Eastern Conference goalies and 54th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,516 minutes he has played this year, he's given up 79 goals. He's earned a save % of .907, which has him sitting 20th among Eastern Conference goalies and 42nd in the NHL among goalies.
The New York Rangers played the Dallas Stars in an outing where the Rangers went home in defeat by a mark of 5 - 3. For this game, New York earned a 57.5% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 50 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 37. They had a Fenwick percentage of 55.6% by earning a Fenwick of 35 and the Stars ending the game with a 28 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York played and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO at even strength of 81.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 75.5%. The Rangers scored 3 goals of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing and scored 3 out of those opportunities. As for the opposition, the Stars had 4 power play opportunities and ended up scoring 2 goals. New York gave up 21 shots on goal and the Stars had a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (+125)
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