New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Prediction: Toronto -130 odds (January 12th 2014)
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The New Jersey Devils defeated Florida in overtime at the Meadowlands last night, and they are right back on the ice tonight in Toronto. The Devils have their work cut out for them, facing a desperate and hungry Leafs team that has dropped four straight. Expect Corey Schneider to see a lot of rubber here in Toronto.
Here are my keys to the game:
1: Previous History – Toronto won all four meetings with New Jersey in 2013, and three of those games were played at the Air Canada Center. The Leafs have a winning record at home (14-10), while the Devils are 9-12 away from home.
2: Power-Play – The Leafs own one of the most potent power-plays in the NHL, converting on better than 21% of their man-advantage opportunities. They have netted 31 power-play goals this season, eight more than the Devils.
3: X-Factor – This is what you call a “must win game” for Toronto. We saw a glimpse of that desperation in Washington: “(That) might be one of the better games we’ve played in a month. We showed desperation. We showed that we care,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’ve been begging, pleading, kicking, kissing, whatever we can do to try and find a way to play with some confidence. It seems like we’ve squeezed our sticks here. It’s mind boggling.”
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