Toronto Maple Leafs’ Alexander Kerfoot (15) drives past New York Rangers’ Artemi Panarin (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the New York Rangers on Wednesday, January 19th
This will be the Leafs 5th game of a six-game road trip
Read below for Leafs vs Rangers odds, predictions, and best NHL pick
It should be an exciting battle between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams as the Toronto Maple Leafs are in Broadway to take on the New York Rangers on Wednesday, January 19th. Game time is 7:30 pm EST at Madison Square Garden, and it will be the first of a doubleheader on TNT. A bit surprisingly, Toronto are strong -160 road favorites in the Leafs vs Rangers odds, against a Rangers team that was in first place in a very competitive Metropolitan Division heading into Tuesday night’s action.
With Caesars Sportsbook NY now available, let’s take a look at the Maple Leafs vs Rangers odds while peaking at SBD’s best bet prediction for this matchup.
Leafs vs Rangers Odds
7:30 pm ET
Toronto Maple Leafs
O 5.5 (-115)
January 19th, 2022
New York Rangers
U 5.5 (-105)
Odds as of January 18th at Caesars Sportsbook App
Rangers Best NHL Team to Bet Under
The Blueshirts have the best return on investment of any team in the league when betting the under this year. A lot of that is thanks to the play of goaltending sensation, Igor Shesterkin. The Russian netminder is the only starter in the league with a goals against average under 2 goals per game, checking in with a 1.99 GAA.
He stole a win from the Leafs in their first meeting this season, way back in October. That was Auston Matthews’ first game of the season and he hammered eight shots on net only to be stymied time and time again in a 2-1 Maple Leafs loss.
Great save on Matthews and a better one on Rielly pic.twitter.com/UqIXwyrfIC
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 19, 2021
Toronto did get revenge a month later with their own 2-1 defeat of the Rangers, but Shesterkin has stopped 68 of 71 shots the Leafs have sent his way this year. He stands as the second betting favorite in the Vezina Trophy odds right now, next to the man he’ll be staring across the ice at, Leafs goalie Jack Campbell.
Leafs vs Rangers Projected Starting Goalies
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Campbell’s numbers have taken a bit of a hit lately, as he’s given up five or more goals twice on this road trip, something he had only done once previously this season. He will be looking to bounce back after giving up five in a 6-5 Leafs win over St. Louis on Saturday.
Public Betting Pushing Leafs Victory vs Rangers
The odds for the Leafs to win this game have become more and more aggressive as the day has gone on which shows that the public is confident in a Toronto victory at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. It’s a bit surprising for a couple of reasons, not least of which is the injures and players out due to Covid-19 protocol for Toronto.
Jake Muzzin diagnosed with concussion after taking a big hit in St. Louis
Will not travel to New York today
Leafs D at practice today:
Rielly – Brodie
Sandin – Liljegren
Dermott – Biega @TSN_Edge
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 18, 2022
The defense pairings look pretty bare with their 2nd unit of Justin Holl and Jake Muzzin both out.
Also, the Rangers have established themselves as one of the best teams in the league after a slow start. Since November 7th, they have the 4th best points percentage in the league. Only the Lightning, the Avalanche, and Wednesday’s opponent, the Maple Leafs, have been better since that date.
Matthews Money Prop Bet to Score on Wednesday
If you’re looking to hit a prop bet in this one, go with Matthews to get a goal, something he has done on the road in a franchise record 10 straight games now.
AUSTON MATTHEWS 🚨
10 STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/7pU60FLkdE
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 16, 2022
He will likely soon be the betting favorite in the Rocket Richard odds, an award he won for the first time last year. He sits just one goal behind Leon Draisaitl and perennial Rocket Richard winner, Alexander Ovechkin for the overall lead.
You can bet the Leafs sniper will be motivated to tally against Shesterkin, who has shut him down in both games so far this year.
Maple Leafs vs Rangers Recent Results
TOR 2 – NYR 1
TOR 1 – NYR 2 (OT)
NYR 5 – TOR 3
TOR 4 – NYR 5 (OT)
NYR 3 – TOR 6
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Leafs vs Rangers Pick & Prediction
I expect this game will play out much like the teams previous two meetings this season, which means, not a lot of goals. Not only do you have arguably the two best goalies of the season going against each other, but you should be seeing a Leafs team that will buckle down heavily on defense after a wild win on Saturday.
would pay good money to subscribe to a whole-game sheldon keefe bench reaction live stream pic.twitter.com/kun0erC9gl
— mitch marney (@marnylandersen) January 16, 2022
Head Coach Sheldon Keefe has been upset with his teams lapses in their own end and called them out a few times on this road trip, and Campbell will look to make up for his bad outing on Saturday as well.
Add to that the fact they’re going against Shesterkin and the 2nd best defensive team in the league, and the best bet in the Wednesday NHL odds for the Maple Leafs vs Rangers is to take under 5.5 goals at Barstool Sportsbook.
Pick: Under 5.5 (-103)