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Expert handicapper Stephen Rodriguez brings you his picks for tonight's NHL action

NHL action may have flown under the radar during Super Bowl Sunday but the two top teams in the Metropolitan Division went at it as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged out the Washington Capitals, 4-3.

On Monday night, Atlantic division rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers battle at Scotia Bank Arena.

Here’s a look at today’s NHL odds:


Florida Panthers @ Toronto Maple Leafs (-1.5), 7:00 PM:

  •  The home team has won each of the last 11 meetings between these teams.
  •  Toronto is 24-11-7 ATS as a favorite this season. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The Toronto Maple Leafs (28-17-7) scored two power-play goals and picked up a third straight win by edging out the Ottawa Senators in overtime 2-1.

Trailing by one, Jason Spezza tied the game up at the end of the second period and the Leafs then won on a Mitch Marner goal.

Toronto was led by goalie Michael Hutchinson in net and he totaled 24 saves in his fifth win of the season. Usually, Frederik Andersen is in goal for the Maple Leafs and ranks second best in the NHL with 24 wins.

Florida (28-17-5) snapped a six-game winning streak in ugly fashion, falling on the road to Montreal Canadiens 4-0.

There were not any positives as the Panthers were outplayed in shots, hits and faceoffs won.

These teams matchup almost identically in terms of both goals scored and allowed.

Florida and Toronto rank second in goals scored (3.60 gpg) and seventh and eighth worst respectively in goals allowed - the Panthers with 3.28 gapg and the Maple Leafs with 3.21 gapg.

When both teams are even, typically the home ice adds the much-needed advantage and the last 11 matchups between these teams have proven just that.

I’m banking on that trend to continue and the Maple Leafs to find a way to win outright.

2u - Toronto Maple Leafs Moneyline @ -175

Dallas Stars @ New York Rangers (+1.5), 7:00 PM:

  •  The Rangers have lost six consecutive games following a road win.
  •  New York has the best ATS record in the NHL at (32-18). (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The Dallas Stars (29-18-4) fought tough and outlasted the New Jersey Devils in overtime 3-2.

Dallas won 34 faceoffs and wasted no time in OT to put the game away on a Joe Pavelski goal within the first two minutes.

The Stars have been led by the elite play of their defense - Dallas ranks second best in the NHL allowing 2.49 goals per game.

New York (25-21-4) picked a second straight win and swept the back-to-back series over the Detroit Red Wings 1-0.

The Rangers scored early in the first period on the power play thanks to Mika Zibanejad.

New York went on to win 31 faceoffs compared to the Red Wings’ 14 and saw goalie Henrik Lundqvist total 33 saves for his first shutout of the season.

The Rangers have the best ATS record in the league and are at home, which makes me skeptical to touch the puck line in either direction.

With that said, Dallas is the side I want to put my money on in this matchup after watching them take care of business against the Devils.

Take the Stars moneyline to win a second straight road game.

1u - Dallas Stars Moneyline @ -133


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