Monday March 9th 2015 and here at Pucking Hockey we have a free NHL hockey picks predictions between the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Islanders lead the Metropolitan division for most of the season but now that 80% of the season is over, the New York Rangers are just 1 point behind the Islanders for the division lead.
Not that’s it’s really a big deal, outside of the Rangers and Penguins, NO OTHER Metropolitan team are going to make the playoffs, these three teams are basically playing for pride on where they will finish in the standings.
The real big deal is that the Islanders have only won 2 in their last 5 games. They allowed 16 goals against, and scored 14 goals during the 5 game span. Those three losses were against playoff teams.
Toronto Maple Laffs
It wouldn’t be a hockey season if their wasn’t controversy surrounding Toronto. At least they have the Blue Jays season around the corner…baseball in Canada, eh?
The Leafs are lost 4 of their last 5, allowing 20 goals and only scoring 6. Two losses were shutouts. This is probably the worst Toronto team in history. They are also 2 for 29 on the power play in their last eight games while New York has killed off 30 of 34 penalties in its past 13. The Islanders have scored power-play goals in consecutive games after going 1 for 14 in their prior six.
Jonathan Bernier was pulled after he allowed three goals on 17 shots in the Maple Leafs 6-1 loss to the Blues on Saturday. Good news? Tonight he will make his third start of the season against the Islanders—he is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 GAA and .935 SV% in the first two meetings.
Toronto’s Phil Kessel has five goals and five assists in his last six games against New York, but has one assist in his last five contests.
Free NHL Hockey Prediction
The betting public are betting the over in this game but I prefer the under 5.5 – Michal Neuvirth is in net tonight and Jonathan Bernier starts for Toronto. I like both of these goaltenders as both can steal games. I am expecting a tight game and for the UNDER 5.5 to cash.
UNDER 5.5 (risking $100 to profit +$115) (+115 odds)
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