The New Jersey Devils (13-3-0) and Toronto Maple Leafs (9-5-3) meet Thursday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Devils vs. Maple Leafs odds, and make our expert NHL picks and predictions.
The Devils have rolled up 10 consecutive victories, with the team’s last loss Oct. 24. New Jersey is averaging 4.3 goals per game (GPG) during the win streak, while allowing 1.9 GPG. The Under has cashed in 3 of the last 4 games.
The Leafs have won 2 straight games, including a 5-2 victory at Pittsburgh last time out on Tuesday. Toronto is aiming to tie a season high with a 3rd straight win here. The Under is 4-2 in Toronto’s last 6 games.
Devils at Maple Leafs odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:16 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML) : Devils +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Maple Leafs -150 (bet $150 to win $100)
- Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS) : Devils +1.5 (-190) | Maple Leafs -1.5 (+150)
- Over/Under (O/U) : 6.5 (O: -135 | U: +107)
Devils at Maple Leafs projected goalies
Vitek Vanecek (7-1-0, 2.17 GAA, .915 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Matt Murray (1-1-0, 3.02 GAA, .900 SV%)
Vanecek has been on fire in terms of wins and losses, a combination of solid play and tremendous offensive support. He is 4-0-0 with a 2.27 GAA and .924 SV% in 4 starts and 5 appearances in November, and the Devils offense has posted 27 goals of support in his last 6 games.
Murray returned from a month-long absence due to a lower-body injury and allowed 2 goals on 37 shots in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, earning his 1st win for the Leafs.
Devils at Maple Leafs picks and predictions
Maple Leafs 4, Devils 3
The MAPLE LEAFS (-150) are moderate favorites, and at 1st look that might seem a bit too pricey since the Devils (+120) are on a 10-game win streak. However, the Devils are still 7-19 in the last 26 games against the Atlantic Division, while cashing just 19 times in the last 58 road games overall.
In addition, Toronto has won 12 of the last 14 games at home against New Jersey, while winning 8 straight meetings against the Devils.
The Devils +1.5 (-190) will cost you almost 2 times your potential return if you do not feel them for an 11th straight win, but think it will be close. However, if you like New Jersey, just play it straight up.
OVER 6.5(-135) is worth playing lightly here. While Vanecek has been winning on the reg, he has been yielding plenty of goals lately, while the New Jersey offense backs him with a lot of offense. The Devils should be able to put up a healthy total against Murray, who is making just his 3rd start of the season.
The Over has cashed in 4 of the last 5 meetings in this series, and it’s worth at least a half-unit Thursday.