Tonight, the Rangers and Maple Leafs will face off in a matchup between two Eastern Conference rivals. The Rangers are looking to continue their strong start to the season and stay in the playoff hunt, while the Maple Leafs are hoping to get back on track after a slow start. Both teams possess a high-powered offense, so this matchup should be an exciting one.
The Rangers come into the game with a 7-6-3 record, good for 17 points. They have been playing relatively well, with the power play being a strong point of their game. They’ve scored a power play goal in each of their last five games and have converted on 21.9% of their opportunities with the man advantage. The defense has been shaky at times, but they’ve still managed to keep the opposition to three or fewer goals in five of their last six games.
The Maple Leafs have had a rough start to the season and are 5-7-4. They’ve struggled to score at even strength, and the power play has been even worse. They’ve converted just 8.3% of their opportunities with the man advantage, and they’ve been shut out in three of their last four games. The good news is that the defense has been much better lately, allowing three or fewer goals in four of their last five games.
The Rangers are currently favored to win this matchup, with the odds set at -125. The Maple Leafs are +110 underdogs. It’s tough to pick a winner in this matchup, as both teams are inconsistent. However, the Rangers have been playing better lately and have the better power play. They also have a better defense and should be able to limit the Maple Leafs’ scoring chances. For that reason, we’re picking the Rangers to win this matchup.