*10* NHL GAME OF THE WEEK (Power Sports) ~ 2-0 TUESDAY! 21-7 RUN L9 DAYS!
Toronto vs. NY Rangers,
02/05/2020 19:30 EDT,
Score: 3 - 5
Money Line: -133 Toronto
10* Toronto (7:35 ET): I was surprised to see the Maple Leafs lose their last game, Monday to Florida (5-3), as they were at home and by all reports the recipient of the “sharper” wagering. The Leafs came into that game on a three-game win streak, but now sit one point back of the Panthers, who lost an overtime game in Columbus last night. It’s not like the Leafs weren’t in position to win Monday’s game. They led 2-1 going into the third period. It also didn’t help that goalie Frederik Andersen had to exit the game with a concussion.
Meanwhile, I was certainly NOT surprised to see the Rangers lose 5-3 on Monday. After all, I played their opponent. That was the Dallas Stars, a team that has given up the fewest goals in the league this season. Toronto isn’t exactly as sharp in that department, but maybe they don’t have to be considering the Rangers have averaged just 2.2 goals over their L5 games. The only two wins NY has during that time have come at the expense of the league’s worst team, Detroit.
Both teams come into this game w/ issues between the pipes. Andersen’s status remains uncertain after leaving the game vs. Florida. For the Rangers, it’s a murkier situation as they are juggling netminders even though it’s pretty clear Henrik Lundqvist is an inferior option when compared to Alexandar Georgiev. Andersen’s backup, Michael Hutchinson, has won his L4 starts. Georgiev, while better than Lundqvist, still only has an .890 save percentage at home. So Toronto, who averages a league-best 3.8 gpg on the road, should “steal” one here. 10* Toronto