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Leafs vs Rangers Odds, Predictions and Best NHL Pick for Wednesday (Jan 19)

George Nassios

by George Nassios in NHL Hockey

Jan 18, 2022 · 5:33 PM PST

Leafs vs Rangers Wednesday NHL Odds
Toronto Maple Leafs' Alexander Kerfoot (15) drives past New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the New York Rangers on Wednesday, January 19th
  • This will be the Leafs 5th game of a six-game road trip
  • Read below for Leafs vs Rangers odds, predictions, and best NHL pick

It should be an exciting battle between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams as the Toronto Maple Leafs are in Broadway to take on the New York Rangers on Wednesday, January 19th. Game time is 7:30 pm EST at Madison Square Garden, and it will be the first of a doubleheader on TNT. A bit surprisingly, Toronto are strong -160 road favorites in the Leafs vs Rangers odds, against a Rangers team that was in first place in a very competitive Metropolitan Division heading into Tuesday night’s action.

With Caesars Sportsbook NY now available, let’s take a look at the Maple Leafs vs Rangers odds while peaking at SBD’s best bet prediction for this matchup.

Leafs vs Rangers Odds

Game Time Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
7:30 pm ET Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 (+145) O 5.5 (-115) -160
January 19th, 2022 New York Rangers +1.5 (-170) U 5.5 (-105) +140

Odds as of January 18th at Caesars Sportsbook App

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Rangers Best NHL Team to Bet Under

The Blueshirts have the best return on investment of any team in the league when betting the under this year. A lot of that is thanks to the play of goaltending sensation, Igor Shesterkin. The Russian netminder is the only starter in the league with a goals against average under 2 goals per game, checking in with a 1.99 GAA.

He stole a win from the Leafs in their first meeting this season, way back in October. That was Auston Matthews’ first game of the season and he hammered eight shots on net only to be stymied time and time again in a 2-1 Maple Leafs loss.

Toronto did get revenge a month later with their own 2-1 defeat of the Rangers, but Shesterkin has stopped 68 of 71 shots the Leafs have sent his way this year. He stands as the second betting favorite in the Vezina Trophy odds right now, next to the man he’ll be staring across the ice at, Leafs goalie Jack Campbell.

Leafs vs Rangers Projected Starting Goalies

Team Goalie Record SV% GAA
Toronto Maple Leafs Jack Campbell 19-5-3 .931 2.13
New York Rangers Igor Shesterkin 17-4-2 .939 1.99

Campbell’s numbers have taken a bit of a hit lately, as he’s given up five or more goals twice on this road trip, something he had only done once previously this season. He will be looking to bounce back after giving up five in a 6-5 Leafs win over St. Louis on Saturday.

Public Betting Pushing Leafs Victory vs Rangers

The odds for the Leafs to win this game have become more and more aggressive as the day has gone on which shows that the public is confident in a Toronto victory at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. It’s a bit surprising for a couple of reasons, not least of which is the injures and players out due to Covid-19 protocol for Toronto.

The defense pairings look pretty bare with their 2nd unit of Justin Holl and Jake Muzzin both out.

Also, the Rangers have established themselves as one of the best teams in the league after a slow start. Since November 7th, they have the 4th best points percentage in the league. Only the Lightning, the Avalanche, and Wednesday’s opponent, the Maple Leafs, have been better since that date.

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Matthews Money Prop Bet to Score on Wednesday

If you’re looking to hit a prop bet in this one, go with Matthews to get a goal, something he has done on the road in a franchise record 10 straight games now.

He will likely soon be the betting favorite in the Rocket Richard odds, an award he won for the first time last year. He sits just one goal behind Leon Draisaitl and perennial Rocket Richard winner, Alexander Ovechkin for the overall lead.

You can bet the Leafs sniper will be motivated to tally against Shesterkin, who has shut him down in both games so far this year.

Maple Leafs vs Rangers Recent Results

Date Home-Away Money Line Puck Line Over/Under
11/18/2021 TOR 2 – NYR 1 TOR NYR Under
10/18/2021 TOR 1 – NYR 2 (OT) NYR NYR Under
02/05/2020 NYR 5 – TOR 3 NYR NYR Over
12/28/2019 TOR 4 – NYR 5 (OT) NYR NYR Over
12/20/2019 NYR 3 – TOR 6 TOR TOR Over

Leafs vs Rangers Pick & Prediction

I expect this game will play out much like the teams previous two meetings this season, which means, not a lot of goals. Not only do you have arguably the two best goalies of the season going against each other, but you should be seeing a Leafs team that will buckle down heavily on defense after a wild win on Saturday.

Head Coach Sheldon Keefe has been upset with his teams lapses in their own end and called them out a few times on this road trip, and Campbell will look to make up for his bad outing on Saturday as well.

Add to that the fact they’re going against Shesterkin and the 2nd best defensive team in the league, and the best bet in the Wednesday NHL odds for the Maple Leafs vs Rangers is to take under 5.5 goals at Barstool Sportsbook.

Pick: Under 5.5 (-103)

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