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7:35 PM EST. The Maple Leafs were projected to be really good this season. They came in with high expectations and after three games and a 3-0 record their stock is through the roof. The Maple Leafs have defeated Winnipeg, N.Y. Rangers and Chicago and have scored 19 times in those three games. Toronto’s offense is scary but they are not going to continue to score at this pace and there are some danger signs. The Maple leafs have taken 17 minor penalties over three games. That’s playing with fire. Frederick Andersen has been shaky on more than a few goals and was the main reason the Leafs nearly lost to Chicago. Toronto had a 5-1 lead over the Rangers but allowed New York to tie it 5-5 at one poiint. The Leafs were also dominated by Winnipeg in the first period of that game. Toronto’s defense is still not strong enough to be priced in this range against a team that is playing so well. We take nothing away from the Maple Leafs, as they truly are a highly skilled group that is not only dangerous, speedy and talented, but they are a threat to outscore every opponent they face this year. However, we’re all about playing value and with the media and fans slobbering all over the Maple Leafs, they have not been this overpriced over overhyped since gambling was illegal everywhere but Las Vegas.
Winning is contagious and the mere fact that the Devils are 2-0 and have scored 10 goals of their own makes them worth getting behind. Also throw in the outstanding goaltending of Cory Schneider and the Devils appeal gets even greater, but it’s not just that. The Devils opened their season with a win thanks to a three-point night from rookie defenseman Will Butcher. On Monday, the Devils roasted the Buffalo Sabres in a 6-2 beat down on the strength of rookie forward Jesper Bratt and newcomer Marcus Johansson. The pair of new additions for New Jersey totaled four goals and two assists between the two of them, marking yet another statement game from the Devils' offseason acquisitions. The #1 overall pick Nico Hischier set up a gorgeous goal in that victory over Buffalo but because the Devils have been so stale for so long, the market doesn’t believe they’re for real. Two games do not make a season but the Devils are a dangerous squad taking back an overlay inflated price here in a game they can win. The Devils are stale no more.
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New Jersey +182 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.64)