New Jersey Devils at Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (39-18-5) vs New Jersey Devils (22-35-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -345 / New Jersey Devils +262 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Maple Leafs host the New Jersey Devils in Wednesday NHL Action.

The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 22-35-5. Through 62 games, the Devils are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 188 times, good for a rank of 18th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.58 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 4th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 24th ranked team in the NHL.

The Toronto Maple Leafs get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 39-18-5. This mark places them 3rd in the Atlantic division. Through 62 games, the Maple Leafs have scored 229 goals, giving them an average of 3.66. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. On defense, Toronto is the 16th ranked unit, giving up 3.03 goals per contest. So far, the Maple Leafs have played the 29th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Toronto's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 6th in the NHL.

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Through 57 games, the New Jersey Devils goal and overall scoring leader is Jesper Bratt with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.6%. So far, 14% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jack Hughes, who has 28 assists to go along with his 19 goals. However, when on the ice, the Devils are -17.0 in scoring differential. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game.

Through 57 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goal and overall scoring leader is Auston Matthews, with 79 points. He has reached his mark of 46 goals, on a shooting percentage of 17.5%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mitch Marner, who has 42 assists to go along with his 26 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14. Toronto's top goalie is Jack Campbell, who is giving up an average of 2.65 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a per-game scoring differential of 0.65 goals. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.42 goals. As the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to take on the Devils, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 16 goals, accounting for 47.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Maple Leafs hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 3.03 goals just 2 times. Look for the Maple Leafs to bounce back with a big offensive game against the Devils. I recommend taking Toronto to pick up the win.

 

 

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Joe’s Pick Maple Leafs -345

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