It looks like neither the Toronto Maple Leafs nor the Ottawa Senators will be qualifying for the playoffs this year but there’s still plenty of intrigue as they meet tonight.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a 17-7-5 run while the Ottawa Senators are in an 11-7-1 stretch. Both goaltenders have keyed the midseason turnarounds so take a look at the under in an otherwise even contest. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs Can Win Because…: 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Of goaltender James Reimer.

Optimus Reime has been the key to the team’s inspiration as he has provided steady netminding on the back end with wins in six of his last seven. On the year, the rookie is 19-8-4 with a 2.53 GAA. Leafs fans know it’s been a long time since they have had someone to rely upon consistently between the pipes. 

While Reimer is getting plenty of credit these days – and rightfully so – the Leafs offense should share in the adulation as well. They have been putting the biscuit in the basket at a healthy rate, which is another reason why the team has won five of six. The Leafs have averaged 3.6 goals per game in that span. 

The Leafs are in better shape physically for this contest as the Sens are without two key veterans: defenseman Sergei Gonchar and forward Daniel Alfredsson. The Leafs are without agitator Colby Armstrong and enforcer Colton Orr but are healthy otherwise. 

The Ottawa Senators Can Win Because…:

Ottawa SenatorsReimer hasn’t been as sharp as he’s been given credit for. As a matter of fact, of the two goaltenders expected between the pipes, the Sens midseason pick up Craig Anderson has been better. 

There’s no question that Reimer is a source of confidence for the Leafs but he’s still given up 12 goals in his last four starts (exactly three goals in each contest). Anderson has been steadier as he has allowed either one or no goals in three of his last four starts. 

For his career, Anderson is 4-1-0 against the Maple Leafs with a 1.56 GAA. 

The Sens penalty kill has also picked up the pace in recent games. While the goaltender is often the best penalty killers, the Senators have killed off 79 of their last 82 shorthanded situations, which now ranks them among the best in the NHL. 

Ottawa has won a season-best three straight at home and they are finally playing with some confidence at Scotiabank Place. That gives them a mild home-ice advantage in this game.

Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction: 

Six of the last eight meetings in Ottawa have stayed under and 13 of the last 17 overall. There’s even more reason to believe that will be the case on Saturday night with both goaltenders playing well for their teams. More importantly, both goaltenders have good histories against their opponents. 

Anderson has a career GAA of 1.56 against Toronto while Reimer has allowed one regulation goal in his only two career starts against Ottawa, both coming this season. 

The Sportsbooks are siding with Toronto he under is 20-9 when the Sens are at home with a total of 5.5, so NHL bettors should take the under in this matchup. 

Pick: Under