Total: 5.50 | -113.00 Over
These are two really good teams. Toronto is 24-9-2-1, while New York is 25-10-3-1.
The Leafs average 3.39 goals per game, while allowing 2.56, while the Rangers average 2.85 goals per game, while allowing 2.44.
Both teams can score, and both teams are among the best on the defensive end.
But after playing to seven straight UNDERS in a row, I believe New York is going to have its hands full today with Toronto's up-tempo offense.
The Rangers have also seen the total go OVER the number in seven of their last ten after playing to five or more straight UNDERS in a row.
The Leafs are off a big 6-5 win at St. Louis and Toronto has seen the total go OVER the number in three of its last four.
When these teams last played it was in early November and the Leafs managed the tight, lower-scoring 2-1 victory and I mention that because New York has seen the total go OVER in ten of its last 14 in trying to revenge a loss against an opponent in which it was held to one or less goals in.
New York has a tough game at Carolina up next, so this is definitely an important two-game stretch for the Rangers.
I think the last thing the Leafs will want to do is let the Rangers dictate the tempo, so I expect a faster-paced game here, one that flies OVER the total before the final horn sounds.
Good luck, NP