New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (28-18-7) at New York Rangers (25-22-4)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers +125 / Toronto Maple Leafs -138 --- Over/Under: 7

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers meet Wednesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 37 goals, Mitch Marner has 39 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 115 goals on 1,281 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 44 goals on 387 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The New York Rangers need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 27 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 18 assists and Jacob Trouba has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 851 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 67 goals on 737 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.

The Maple Leafs are 7-1 in their last 8 road games, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road favorite and 2-6 in their last 8 games as a favorite. The Rangers are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 8-2 in Maple Leafs last 10 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Rangers last 6 overall. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York. The underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.

The Toronto Maple Leafs play some of their best recent hockey on the road and have won five of the last eight meetings against the Rangers. The Maple Leafs are also playing better and consistent hockey than the Rangers, but they've also gone back to their shaky defensive ways that's stopped this club from reaching their full potential over the years. The New York Rangers have obvious issues of their own and Lundqvist isn't as trustworthy as he's been in the past, but home dogs have been good to us lately and teams can find the back of the net against Toronto. I'll take a shot with the Rangers and plus money. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Rangers +125

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