The National Hockey League is back from the 2024 All-Star Break, and the Maple Leafs are gearing up to face the New York Islanders in their first game back from the festivities. The odds are in favor of the Maple Leafs, who are coming off a four-game win streak and an All-Star victory. Meanwhile, the Islanders have been dealing with changes, including a new coach, and a string of losses leading into this matchup.
The Maple Leafs were well-represented at the All-Star Game, with Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and Morgan Rielly all participating. Team Matthews came away with a victory, and the players return to their NHL team with a lot of momentum. On the other hand, the Islanders have been dealing with changes, including a new coach, and a string of losses leading into the game.
The last two matchups between the Leafs and Islanders ended in the same score, but the process was different each time. The Maple Leafs are looking to continue their momentum, while the Islanders are hoping to turn things around with new coach Patrick Roy.
In terms of player trends, Auston Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 10 goals and three assists in their last 10 games, while Noah Dobson has been the most productive Islanders skater with 14 assists in the same stretch.
As for betting trends, the Islanders have had the better of this semi-rivalry of late, winning three in a row dating back to last March, and four of the last five. The puckline goes slightly further into NYI’s favor, with a 6-4 edge over the last 10 matchups.
In terms of wagers to consider, one interesting Same Game Parlay involves stacking John Tavares, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner for a boosted line of +550.
Overall, both teams are looking to start strong after the All-Star break, with the Maple Leafs looking to continue their win streak and the Islanders hoping for a fresh start under new coach Patrick Roy.