Rangers vs Maple Leafs Preview and Free Pick – [1/19/2017]

NY Rangers (28-16-1) at Toronto (21-13-8)
When: Thursday, January 19th 2017 
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 7:35 ET | TV: MSG TV

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The red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs (21-13-8), who have won three straight, will host the New York Rangers on Thursday night. The Rangers come in with three consecutive losses. The Leafs’ offense has been sizzling, scoring four or more goals in six of their last seven games and are currently sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is currently fifth in the NHL in goals per game with 3.12 thanks in large part to the emergence of 19-year-old Auston Matthews. The first overall pick from 2016 has not disappointed through the first half of this season, putting up 22 goals and 16 assists through 42 games.

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New York (28-16-1), meanwhile, is trending in the opposite direction of Toronto. They’ve given up a total of 20 goals over their past four games and have dropped to seventh in the Eastern Conference. Starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has had a sub-par season thus far compared to his career stats, posting a 2.89 goals against average and a .902 save percentage (compared to a 2.31, .920 career mark). The Rangers will attempt to slow down the Leafs’ surging offense and get back on track Thursday (7:30 PM ET on TSN 4) in this battle of Original Six foes.

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Prediction: Toronto’s offense is too much for New York right and Lundqvist has not been himself this season. Look for the Leafs to come out strong and take an early lead and hold on for the victory.

Pick: Toronto -120