Free NHL Consensus Picks For Tonight: Maple Leafs vs Devils Prediction
The NHL regular season is almost over. The last game of the season will be on April 8. Teams are making one last push for the playoffs, some are battling for playoff position and others have already packed up for the season. Tonight, the Maple Leafs and Devils will meet in a potential second or third round playoff matchup. My picks for tonight is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs New Jersey Devils Predictions
The Maple Leafs have clinched their ticket into the 2018 NHL postseason. Toronto sits in third place of the Atlantic Division with a 48-25-7 record. The Maple Leafs enter the night after winning their last game 5-2 against the Buffalo Sabres.
New Jersey has yet to clinch their playoff position, but they are five points ahead of the Panthers who are the only team sitting outside the playoff picture that has not been eliminated. The Devils are in the first wild card position with 95 points. New Jersey has gone 43-28-9 this season. The Devils would clinch a playoff position with a win.
The first meeting between these two teams was early in the season on October 11. The game was held in Toronto where the Devils dominated. New Jersey ended up taking the game by a final score of 6-3. Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored two goals in route to the Devils victory. Cory Schneider turned away 47 shots.
The second meeting between the Devils and Maple Leafs was held on November 16. The game was held in Toronto again and this time the game was much closer. The Maple Leafs ended up winning 1-0 in overtime. William Nylander scored the game winner with three second remaining in overtime. Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots, while Frederick Andersen had a 42-shot shutout.
Frederick Andersen is expected to be in net for the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Andersen has gone 37-20-5 this season. He has a .917 save percentage and a 2.83 GAA. Keith Kinkaid is likely going to be the starter for New Jersey. Kinkaid has a 2.82 GAA and a save percentage of .911. He has gone 25-10-3 this season.
Toronto Maple Leafs (+106) at New Jersey Devils (-117)
The only notable injury for the Maple Leafs is Travis Dermott. Dermott is questionable for Thursday night’s matchup against the Devils. Joffrey Lupul will also be out, but he has been on the injured-reserve list all season long. Marcus Johansson is questionable for the Devils after being activated off the injured-reserve list.
The Devils are fighting for their playoff lives, but the Maple Leafs are trying to catch on fire before their first playoff series. The Devils have won three in a row, while the Maple Leafs have only won one straight. The Devils are due for a loss, while the Maple Leafs could use this win big time.
The odds have these teams close to even, but the Devils as a slight favorite. I believe the odds should either be completely even or leaning in favor of the Maple Leafs. Toronto is healthy and playing solid hockey, which should be able to push them towards a victory.