NHL Odds: New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday

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by Bovada - 11/15/2017 2:33 PM Share

The Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7 SU, 9-10 ATS) are waiting to hear if their star centre Auston Matthews will suit up Thursday when they host the surging New Jersey Devils. Matthews has been dealing with an upper body injury since November 6, but despite his absence, the Leafs have won all four games they've played without their leading scorer. Toronto will need all the offensive support they can get on Thursday, as they'll face a Devils' team that ranks fifth in goals scored per game (3.47).

The Devils have surprised the hockey world through the first 17 games of the season. They're tied for third in the league with 24 points and rank fourth in goals scored (61). They've missed the playoffs in each of their previous five seasons, and seemed to be on the verge of a total rebuild at the end of 2016.

Instead, LW Taylor Hall (6 goals, 13 assists) has grabbed the role of elite point producer by the horns, and first overall draft pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier (3 goals, 11 assists), has lived up to expectations thus far. The result has been a youthful Devils' squad which features team speed that few can match in the league. With C Travis Zajac likely to return for Thursday's game against the Leafs, an already lethal offense is about to become even more dangerous.

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