New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview 1/25/2023

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview 1/25/2023

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New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview 1/25/2023

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Rundown:

An Original Six matchup goes down tonight in the heart of Toronto. The New York Rangers head into Scotiabank Arena to battle the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both teams are working hard to maintain their positioning for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And both teams are going to look to secure key points tonight for their future playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. 

The Matchup

Both teams playing tonight are juggernauts in their respective divisions in the East. The Maple Leafs (29-11-8) are second in the Atlantic Division and the Rangers (26-14-7) are third in the Metropolitan Division. In the last battle between the two teams, the Rangers bested the Maple Leafs, with Jimmy Vesey scoring two goals in their 3-1 victory. William Nylander is on a tear after scoring four points in the Maple Leafs’ last game against the New York Islanders. Nylander has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a four-game point streak and is one point shy of 400 in the NHL (163 goals, 236 assists in 487 games). Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has a 10-game point streak (eight goals, five assists). Goalie Ilya Samsonov has yet to lose a game in regulation at Scotiabank Arena (13-0-1) and is the fifth Maple Leafs goalie to have a 14-game home point streak at any time during a season. The Rangers are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games. Rangers forward Chris Kreider needs one goal for his eighth 20-goal season in the NHL. This would add him to the current list, in which five players in Rangers history have at least eight 20-goal seasons.

 

Players To Watch

For the Rangers, Adam Fox is the player to watch. The 2021 Norris Trophy winner is putting on another phenomenal season for the Rangers. His 48 points puts him fourth in scoring by defenseman in which only Erik Karlsson, Rasmus Dahlin, and Josh Morrissey currently have more points. Fox’s blend of incredible play driving and sweet skating touch have allowed him to succeed at a high level despite being only 5’ 11.

For the Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews is the player to watch. Matthews has captured lightning in a bottle, as he has 13 points in 10 games, with eight goals scored in that span. Matthews may only be third in scoring on the team and only have 25 goals on the season, but the current back-to-back Rocket Richard winner is someone not to be overlooked. He may have had a slow start to the season, but his insane ability to rack up goals makes him a scary player to go against, especially for the rest of the season. 

 

Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook

Spread- New York Rangers +1.5 (-190) / Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 (+160) 

Moneyline- New York Rangers +135 / Toronto Maple Leafs -160

Total- 6.0 – Over (+105) / Under (-125)

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