NHL Picks: Canadians vs. Maple Leafs

David Lawrence

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:00 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 2:00 PM GMT

Two of the biggest rivals in the NHL will square off on Wednesday night as the Montreal Canadiens visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NHL Betting: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Picks 

The NHL odds makers have made this game a pick as the Leafs have played better on the road than away, and the Canadiens come into this meeting as the top team in the East.

Record: 56-65 (-825)

The Montreal Canadiens can win because…

They’re the better team. While the Leafs have overachieved this season, Montreal has played like one of the better teams in the NHL.

Even though Montreal has lost two of three, they’ve still won six of their last eight overall. Also, their two losses came in extra time, so it’s not as if they were blown out in any fashion. Goaltender Carey Price is red hot right now as he’s allowed just six goals in his last five starts.

Toronto has lost four of six against winning teams this season. Montreal is actually 6-4 against teams above .500 and that stat should hold plenty of weight on Wednesday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs can win because…

This is a very even matchup. Although the Habs look like they are significantly better in the standings, the truth is that just three points separates the teams. That’s nothing.

Montreal is better at home as they’ve won eight of 12 games at home compared to just four of seven on the road. Toronto comes into this contest with more momentum as they’ve won eight of 11 while Montreal has lost two of three. The Canadiens are just 2-6 against division opponents this season and the Leafs should be able to extend their miseries on Wednesday.

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Outlook & Pick

With Price playing well and both teams not being offensive juggernauts, the under is the play here. The under has cashed in six straight meetings in Toronto and 11 of the last 14 in this series overall, so look that way for your NHL picks in this one.

NHL Picks: Under 5 at SportsInteraction

 

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