The New York Islanders (14-13-6) are 6-1-0 over their last seven games. The Islanders will try to carry the momentum of a three-game winning streak into this Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (24-10-3) to cash in as a Maple Leafs vs Islanders prediction.
The Maple Leafs opened as a -172 road underdog and seem to be the preferred side on bettors’ Maple Leafs vs Islanders predictions as the line has moved up to Toronto -180. The Islanders are going off as +155 home underdogs and the total is set at 5.5 goals. Toronto is 7-3 in its last 10 games against the Islanders.
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Jack Campbell’s Struggles Have Led To A Toronto Slump
Jack Campbell’s January struggles continued in Toronto’s 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Campbell has now allowed five goals in three of his last four starts, posting a 4.43 goals against average and an .866 save percentage over that stretch. This rough patch has played a big role in Toronto’s recent 2-2-1 slump over its last five games.
On the bright side for the Maple Leafs, Mitch Marner has scored a goal and an assist in each of his last two games since returning from quarantine last Saturday. Marner hadn’t scored a goal in his previous six games prior to his 10-day absence. Toronto’s offense has been performing well of late averaging 4.41 goals per game over its last 17 games, and Marner’s solid play should make Toronto a popular Maple Leafs vs Islanders prediction.
New York Has Heated Up After Awful Start In 2021-22
The Islanders cruised to an easy 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. Brock Nelson scored two goals and Ilya Sorokin stopped all 17 of the shots he faced, helping New York improve to 6-1-0 over its last seven games and to 9-3-1 over its last 13 games. New York was 0-8-3 over its previous 11 games prior to this recent upswing.
With Sorokin facing only 17 shots on Friday, the Islanders have the option of starting him again on the second night of a back-to-back. But the team should feel confident in Semyon Varlamov, who has shaken off an awful November in which he went 0-4-0 with a 3.46 goals against average and a .881 save percentage to compile a 3-2-1 record with a 1.97 GAA and a .960 save percentage over his last six starts.
Maple Leafs vs Islanders Pick & Insights
Maple Leafs: Keys to Cover
Toronto needs to get back on track in the defensive zone. The Islanders have been rock -solid on defense over their recent hot streak, so the Maple Leafs are most likely to be a winning Maple Leafs vs Islanders pick by making sure to lock things down on their side as well.
Islanders: Keys to Cover
New York is just 1-10-1 as an underdog this season. The Islanders have looked good against bad teams in recent weeks, but to cash in as a Maple Leafs vs Islanders prediction here, the team will need to prove it can play at a high level against a quality team like Toronto.
Odds Shark’s Computer Maple Leafs vs Islanders Prediction: Islanders ML +155
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