|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHL The Toronto Maple Leafs host the New York Rangers Wednesday night at 7:00PM EST. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing pretty good hockey late in the season despite not having anything to play for in terms of hopes for a post-season run. Usually teams that are destined to be golfing in a few weeks are really good to pound against but this Toronto team is not like that. Leaf fans have to be hoping that this strong finish might be indicative of future success next year as the Leafs are 7-3 in their last 10.
Toronto host the New York Rangers tonight and the Leafs are coming in as slight home favorites. Toronto are not a good home team on the year as they sit at just 16-21 on the season. However they have won 5 of their last 6 games at home, including wins over Boston, Montreal, and New Jersey. The Leafs have not been playing like a last place team lately and you have to wonder if they are priced to be picked tonight as they host Rangers in Toronto.
New York are playing pretty mediocre lately despite the fact that they can still hope to make the playoffs. Just 4-6 straight up in their last 10 games, the Rangers are not really gaining ground despite the fact that Boston and Philly, the low seeds in the Eastern Conference at the moment, have both left the door wide open to be caught.
Sportsbook lists the Rangers as the minus 160 point favorites, with the total over under at 5.5.
The NHL trade deadline is just over a month away and while the Toronto Maple Leafs have already began showcasing some of their veterans to position themselves as sellers, the New York Rangers are still figuring out whether they are capable of a Cup run or are mere pretenders. Wednesday’s visit by the Maple Leafs will be telling as the Rangers are face with a game that most playoff teams would expect to win at home. Rangers may be better in the standings but they don’t play well at home and the Leafs have performed very well on the road of late.