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  • New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs predictions
  • NY's Igor Shesterkin goaltender went 7-0-0 in February.
  • Rangers favored to win due to strong defence and goaltending.
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New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Ice Hockey Betting Tips


Two of the most in-form teams in the NHL will lock horns in a heavyweight battle, but it will be the goaltending of the Rangers that will hand New york their second away win of the season over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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The Rangers are trying to break their 30-year Stanley Cup drought and despite having the King Henrick Lundqvist in goal for the majority of that time, they have been missing the combination of a duo that is needed deep into the playoffs. 

Jonathan Quick and Igor Shesterkin can be the pair that takes the Rangers the whole way.  Igor Shesterkin, who has allowed one goal in four straight starts, went 7-0-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .953 save percentage in February.

Toronto have been on a run themselves, however, I don’t believe they have met the caliber of competition that the Rangers will present at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday.

Getting the Rangers at $2.08 is a steal, especially with their away record this season and Toronto also being better on the road than they are at home. I expect another big performance from the New York defence and goalie which will restrict the scoring of the Leafs and hold this contest Under the 6.5 goal game total.

  • Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 games.
  • The away team has won the last 3 games between the Rangers and the Maple Leafs.
  • The last 5 games involving the Rangers have gone Under the game total.
  • 3 of the last 5 games between the Rangers and the Leafs have gone Under the 6.5 goal game total.

Head to Head

 
2023-24 Match Results
Dec 19, 2023: New York 5-2 Toronto
Dec 12, 2023: Toronto 7-3 New York

2022-23 Season Series
Toronto won the series 2-1.

New York Rangers Form


The Rangers are on an incredible 11 from 12 stretch that dates back to January 27, the last game before the All-Star break. Their only hiccup was the away leg of a back to back with the Columbus Blue Jackets, which they rectified with a 4-1 response a couple of days later, which was the last time they played.

The Rangers sit healthily at the top of the Metro Division, 5 points clear of the hurricanes in second.

Jonathan Quick and Igor Shesterkin have combined nicely in goal for the Rangers, who appear to have the perfect goaltending duo that could take them long into the playoffs. The pair average just 2.70 goals against which is good for 4th in the NHL.

New York Rangers Team News


Calle Jarnkrock has been shifted to injury reserve with a fracture hand and is not expected back until april. 

Toronto Maple Leafs Form


The Leafs are in their best form of the season winning 8 of their last 9 games which is keeping them ahead of Detroit in the Atlantic division and out of the wild card race sitting in third.

Toronto have had a couple of good wins against top contenders Colorado (4-3) and Vegas (7-3) during their streak and will be keen to take another at home on Sunday.

Willie Nylander is having the best season of his career and his 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) is just 5 points away from his career-best haul with still 31 games left in the season. 

Toronto Maple Leafs Team News


No recent injury news for Toronto.

New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Frequently Asked Questions

What time does New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs start?

Puck-Drop between New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs is at 11:00 AEDT, Sunday, March 3.

What channel is New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs on?

You can watch New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs on ESPN via Kayo and Foxtel.

Verdict

The Rangers defence will be on show again shutting down the offence of the Leafs.
 
New York will get the win as the away dog and the game total will hit the Under.
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Betting Slip | 03 Mar 2024

NY Rangers @ TOR Maple Leafs