Can the Montreal Canadiens Figure Out How to Upset the Toronto Maple Leafs?
On Saturday evening, the Montreal Canadiens will head to the Scotiabank Arena to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Canadiens are last in the Atlantic Division (19-39-11, 49 points), while the Maple Leafs are currently second in the division (45-19-5, 95 points) thus far. Despite the record, Montreal has a 2-1 season series lead against Toronto, including a 4-2 home win back on March 26.
These teams are on two completely different levels, so this should be an interesting matchup. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs to determine where we should be betting on this game.
Can the Red Hot Toronto Maple Leafs’ Offense Dominate in This Matchup?
The Canadiens are struggling a bit on the offensive side of the ice as they are averaging 2.54 goals on 29.6 shot attempts per game so far. Center Nick Suzuki has been leading the team as he has recorded 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) while adding four points in his last five games. Montreal has been brutal defensively as they are allowing 3.77 goals given up on 34.6 shots against them. Goaltender Jake Allen has been needing to improve this season as he has an 8-19-4 record with a .907 save percentage and 3.21 goals allowed per game.
Toronto has depended on the production from center Auston Matthews as he is leading all of hockey in goals and fifth in the league in points as he has posted 92 points (54 goals, 38 assists) with an additional 11 points in his previous five games played.
As a team, they are scoring 2.54 goals on 29.6 shots right now. Goalie Jack Campbell has been playing decently well as he is 26-9-4 with 2.64 goals allowed per game and a .914 save percentage thus far. On the defensive side of the ice, the Maple Leafs are giving up 3.01 goals on 30.6 shot attempts as of this writing.
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Prediction
Looking at the defensive side of the ice recently, there is a massive split as the Canadiens are giving up five goals per game in their previous three games while the Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game in their last five games played.
Offensively there is a huge difference as well, as Toronto has a 29.7 power play percentage this season while Montreal has a 13.4 power play percentage so far this year. All in all, go with the Toronto Maple Leafs to cover the puck line in this game against an inferior franchise.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.