Rangers & Leafs Poised to Deliver NHL Sportsbook ShootoutPosted by: Charlie Smith
The NHL hockey betting season is in full swing which means there is literally no better time to bet on NHL matchups than right now. Thursday night’s contest will bring another round of full-grown men flying around the ice trying to knock each other’s teeth out. There are plenty of intriguing matchups to choose from but if you like watching teams run up the score board you might want to tune into the contest between the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On Thursday, January 19th the New York Rangers will be making the journey to the US’s northern neighbor to face off with the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Given how disheveled the Rangers defense has been as of late, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this contest turn into a bit of a shootout. So will the NHL hockey betting odds favor the home team, or the Rangers and their Swiss cheese defense?
SPORTSBOOK ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Thursday, January 19th
New York Rangers +1½ (-265) 6½ (EV) +110
Toronto Maple Leafs -1½ (+225) 6½ (-120) -130
It seems that sportsbooks think that home field advantage will make all the difference in this contest. Either that or the bookies are truly beginning to doubt the Rangers’ defensive capabilities. New York has lost 4 out of their last 6 contests including the last three in a row. In their previous three games the Rangers have allotted 16 goals, which further highlights the need for defensive reform. Especially against the Leafs, who have scored 4 goals in each of their last three games, including their matchup against New York last Friday which Toronto won 4-2. After 45 games played, the Rangers will be coming into this contest with a 28-16-1 record which nets them 57 points and places them 4th in the Metropolitan Division.
On the other side of the ice, Toronto will be coming into this game with all the confidence in the world after racking up 9 wins in their last 11 matches. The Maple Leafs have been absent from the playoffs for the last three seasons and after two seasons of posting losing records it seems that Toronto has finally been able to deliver a turnaround. Mike Babcock leads Toronto in his second year and will be looking to prove the NHL hockey betting odds wrong – which didn’t give the Leafs much of a chance before the season began. This will mark the second time both these teams face each other with the first coming just 6 days ago. As aforementioned, Toronto won that bout 4-2.
The sportsbook consensus is that this game will turn into a shootout and looking over both teams defenses it seems that a high-scoring match is all but inevitable. The Rangers and their unintimidating defense will likely give up more than a handful. Meanwhile, Toronto will once again have to contend without defenseman Morgan Rielly. They fared well last Tuesday against Buffalo, but the Rangers have better offensive options. Needless to say, fans of scoring will be in Nirvana Thursday night.