Toronto Maple Leafs vs. N.J. Devils Pick
With Cory Schneider back on the IR, the starting job is Keith Kinkaid’s again. That isn’t a bad thing for Kinkaid at all, who was playing his best goaltending when Schneider was out to begin the season. As soon as Schneider returned, his confidence appeared to get shattered. Even if Schneider didn’t get injured, I think Devils’ brass were about to pull the plug on him as their full-time starter.
Schneider has been terrible, as he hits the IR with a 4.66 GAA and 0.852 save percentage. Kinkaid hasn’t been perfect, but he’s been presentable at least. He has a 2.88 GAA and 0.906 save percentage with the Leafs coming to town.
Kinkaid was touched up for 6 goals and a 0.812 save percentage in his last outing against Toronto. Schneider has been really bad in net, but also contributing to the poor numbers has been their blue line. Kinkaid has been left out on an island often, too.
The Devils are 27th in the NHL with 3.52 goals allowed per game. They’ve also given up 4.2 goals per game in their previous ten matchups. Meanwhile, they have to deal with a Leafs’ offence who is coming off a couple poor efforts, yet have still averaged 3.9 goals in their last ten games. The Devils had a nice showing defensively against the Preds in their last game, but that would fall into the outlier category.
Despite that, the Devils have allowed at least 4 goals in eight of their last ten. The Leafs will likely be able to get out of the rut they’ve been in the last two games and get the offence rolling in Newark. New Jersey have been solid at home with 3.5 goals scored per game, so it’s not going to surprise me if this turns into a high-scoring affair. Note that the OVER has gone 6-2 with an average of more than 6 goals scored. Go with the OVER between the Maple Leafs and Devils if you’re looking for some NHL action on Tuesday evening.