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NHL betting line favors Rangers over Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs

New York Rangers
18-16-4 December 23, 2013, 07:00 PM | Madison Square Garden 17-18-2

Toronto pays a visit to New York on Monday, hoping to shut down the Rangers snipers in hockey action at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers are 17-18-2 so far on the season. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are 18-16-4. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 15-14-8 and the Maple Leafs go 18-19-1 on the totals.

View Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Rangers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 129 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The Rangers sit at No. 10 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Maple Leafs sit at a No. 20 on the same chart.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Red Wings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Wings at +110 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

New York was a 4-1 winner in its last match at home against the Wild. They won as -111 favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.32 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.92 goals allowed. The Rangers power play is averaging 19.2% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 77.78% of their penalties.

A few Maple Leafs at Rangers trends to consider:
Toronto is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Toronto is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Rangers
NY Rangers is 1-6-1 SU in its last 8 games
NY Rangers is 1-7-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
NY Rangers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Rangers's last 8 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto home to Buffalo, Friday, December 27th
New York at Washington, Friday, December 27th