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Isles and Leafs Battle For Playoff Position

Posted by Carter Brown on 4/17/2013 7:39:11 PM

New York Islanders @ Toronto Maple Leafs – Thursday April 18, 2013 7:00PM EST

Things in Toronto have not been this frantic in a long time. For the first time in the last seven years, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be in the NHL playoffs. The online betting experts are also projecting that the Leafs have a decent chance at making a sustained run into the later rounds, which would be a big relief to the players and the new front office. The Leafs even managed to survive attempts to bring in a veteran goalie for what seemed like no good reason at all. Goaltender James Reimer is doing a fine job in goal for Toronto and he is one of the keys to the team’s success this season.

The betting sites know that this is a shortened season, but no one really expected the New York Islanders to make the playoffs. Next season will be the last one played in Nassau Coliseum or on Long Island for the team as the New York Islanders head to Brooklyn to play its home games. The lackluster play over the past few seasons and the pending move have affected attendance for the team. But this is still a young team that has a lot to look forward to in the coming years. The Isles don’t need this game to hold onto their playoff spot, but the team could move up in the standings if it keeps winning.

Why the Maple Leafs Will Win

The sportsbook experts were wondering when the Toronto Maple Leafs would start winning games. Aside from some cosmetic changes made to the lineup in the last few months, this is the team that Brian Burke built before he was fired. This team is the one that the Leafs will march into the playoffs to do battle with the rest of the Eastern Conference. The Leafs have been playing so well that the team still has a chance to catch Boston for second place in the Northeast Division or even Montreal for first place. That kind of movement by the Leafs would help the team to secure at least one series with home ice advantage. When it comes to having good home ice advantage, few teams can beat the Maple Leafs. Toronto is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games and hopes to keep that streak going against these pesky Islanders.

The Bottom Line

The New York Islanders are not supposed to be in the playoffs, but the team is taking nothing for granted right now. The Islanders are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games and the team has been playing extremely well as of late. This will be a physical game with good goaltending at both ends of the ice. In the end, it will be the Leafs who will move one step closer to the second place spot in the Northeast Division with a key home win.

Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs

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