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NHL betting line favors Rangers over Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs

New York Rangers
32-23-8 March 05, 2014, 07:00 PM | Madison Square Garden 33-26-3

New York will try to be nasty hosts on Wednesday when the Toronto Maple Leafs pay a visit to Madison Square Garden.

New York battles the Maple Leafs, currently with a 32-23-8 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 25-28-9 for the Rangers and 34-26-3 for the Maple Leafs.

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

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, New York sat as -173 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The Rangers sit at No. 1 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Maple Leafs sit at a No. 25 on the same chart.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Blue Jackets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at +101 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

New York was a 6-3 loser in its last match at home against the Bruins. They lost as -110 favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 2.61 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 26 at 3.06 goals allowed. The Rangers power play is averaging 20.3% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 77.62% of their penalties.

A few Maple Leafs at Rangers trends to consider:
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Toronto's last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
NY Rangers is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Rangers's last 10 games at home
NY Rangers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto home to Philadelphia, Saturday, March 8th
New York at Carolina, Friday, March 7th