- The Toronto Maple Leafs are -165 road favorites over the New York Islanders in an NHL game slated for Saturday January 22
- Toronto has won two straight from the Islanders, both by shutout
- Let’s take a look at the Leafs vs Islanders odds, along with our best bet prediction.
A visit to face the New York Islanders might be just what the doctor ordered for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only has Toronto won two in a row from the Isles, both were achieved via identical 3-0 shutout margins. Entering play Friday, the Islanders were 6-1-1 straight up in their last eight home games. They are priced as +145 home underdogs in the Leafs vs Islanders odds.
Lately, keeping the puck out of the net is becoming an issue for the Maple Leafs. They’ve allowed 11 goals in the past two games.
The Islanders, who were playing host to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night, have been shutout four times this season.
Leafs vs Islanders Odds
|Game Time (ET)||Team||Moneyline||Puck Line||Total|
|Saturday Jan. 22||Toronto Maple Leafs||-165||-1.5 (+150)||O 5.5 (-115)|
|7pm||New York Islanders||+145||+1.5 (-170)||U 5.5 (-105)|
Odds as of January 21st at DraftKings.
The puck is slated to drop at 7pm ET at UBS Arena. The Islanders are listed at -170 on the puckline, while the Leafs are priced at +150 to win by 2+ goals. With New York online sports betting going into its third weekend, you better believe there will be heavy action on this Saturday NHL matchup.
Leafs vs Islanders NHL Betting Trends
Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe spent Friday backpedaling on comments he made following Toronto’s 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday. Keefe labeled his team soft and purposeless. This slump comes at the wrong time for the Leafs as they were surging up the Stanley Cup odds.
Morgan Rielly on Sheldon Keefe's "soft and purposeless" comment on loss to Rangers: "I don't think he's wrong. I think, as a group, we have to do more in D zone. I think we have to protect our goalie a bit more and protect our net front."
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 21, 2022
Center Auston Matthews continues to carry the hot hand for Toronto. He’s netted five goals and collected seven points in the past five games. Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly has dished out a team-high four assists over the same span.
Leafs vs Islanders Recent Results
|2/28/2019||NY Islanders 6 Toronto 1||NYI||NYI||Over|
|4/1/2019||NY Islanders 1 Toronto 2||TOR||TOR||Under|
|11/13/2019||NY Islanders 5 Toronto 4||NYI||TOR||Over|
|1/4/2020||Toronto 3 NY Islanders 0||TOR||TOR||Under|
|11/22//2021||NY Islanders 0 Toronto 3||TOR||TOR||Under|
Although back-to-back wins over the Philadelphia Flyers pulled the Islanders back to .500 on the season, they’re still last in the Metropolitan Division. On the scoring-starved Isles, forward Mathew Barzal (7-16-23) is the only player in the lineup with more than 16 points.
Looking to rediscover his team’s mojo, New York coach Barry Trotz reunited his club’s Identity line of Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin.
Leafs vs Islanders Injury Report
Toronto forward Ondrej Kase and goalie Justin Holl are out of COVID-19 protocol and are to join the team in Long Island.
The Islanders are with forward Kyle Palmieri (lower-body injury) and defenseman Ryan Pulock (lower-body injury/COVID-19 protocol). Palmieri has missed eight games. Pulock has been out since Nov. 16.
Mrazek Gets Rare Start vs New York
The Leafs will go with Petr Mrazek between the pipes for just his fifth game this season. In Mrazek’s last start, he faced only 18 shots but lost 2-1 to the Coyotes. Marzek is 64th in the NHL in GAA (3.59) and tied for 67th in save percentage (.883).
Mrazek in net tomorrow, "a scheduled start" Keefe insists.
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) January 21, 2022
Jack Campbell, Toronto’s #1 goalie, is slumping. He’s allowed at least five goals in three of his past four starts.
Leafs vs Islanders Projected Starting Goalies
Ilya Sorokin got the nod in the net for the Isles on Friday against Arizona. That likely means it will be Sergey Varlamov tending to the twine as New York plays the second game of back to backs.
Step 1: Celebrate
Step 2: HUG VARLAMOV pic.twitter.com/t4B6PlfDqX
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 19, 2022
Varlamov has made more than 30 saves in each of his last four games in net for the Islanders. Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Varlamov made 31 saves on 34 shots.
Leafs vs Islanders Pick & Prediction
The Leafs are struggling to keep the puck of their net. That’s the one thing you can always count on the Islanders to do well. They’d allowed three goals or less in seven straight games entering play Friday and only once in that span did they allow as many as three goals.
The Islanders are 2-3 in the second game of back to backs. One of those losses was a 3-0 setback to the Leafs at UBS Arena on Nov. 21. Take New York at plus money to win in the Leafs vs Islanders odds on Saturday.
Pick: New York Islanders ML (+145)