The National Hockey league is back on Thursday Evening as the Toronto Maple Leafs will face the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Maple Leafs go into this game after the 5-2 home win over the Sabres. On the other side, their opponents, the Devils also won 5-2 in their home win over the Rangers.
Toronto Maple Leafs Form
The Maple Leafs played really well in their last game against the Sabres.
Moreover, Toronto had a really good season this year and they will be heading to the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row. The recent form is pretty impressive as they won nine of their last 12 games. Toronto away form stands at 20-20 this season and have an average of 3.30 goals per game and have let in 2.98 goals per game in those games. The Maple Leafs enjoyed a good offensive stats this year as they are 3rd placed in the league in scoring at 3.31 goals per game, converting on 24.4% of their chances. At the defensive part of their game, the Maple Leafs have been above average so far as they placed on the 12th in goals allowed, letting in 2.83 goals per game, allowing the opposing team to convert on 18.7% of their chances.
New Jersey Devils Form
The New Jersey Devils have been in a stable form this year. The Devils have missed the playoffs for the past five years. However, it seems that this is the year in which the Devils will definitely be part of the postseason. New Jersey has a five-point lead over their closest rivals, the Florida Panthers, who are placed on the 9th place in the Eastern Conference. The Devils home form this year stands at 22-18 here with an average of 2.95 goals per game and they have allowed 2.80 goals per game in those games. On the offensive side of the game, the Devils are ranked 14th in the league in scoring at 2.98 goals per game while converting on 21.7% of their chances. At the defensive part of their game, the Devils have been a bit below average as they are placed on the 17th spot in goals allowed, letting in 2.92 goals per game, letting the opposing teams to convert 18.1% of their chances.
The Maple Leafs have already secured their place in the postseason this year and their focus is already on the playoffs. On the other side, the Devils need to win this game in order to secure their spot in the playoffs. Combined with the fact that their last game is against the Capitals, this clash against the Maple Leafs is a must win. New Jersey has won six of their last seven and nine of their last 12, so they are in a good form right now. I believe that the Devils will finish the job in this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils on 4/5/2018 is: Take the New Jersey Devils -122 (money line bet)
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