NHL Picks: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs

PJ Laferla

Saturday, April 13, 2013 2:59 PM GMT

Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013 2:59 PM GMT

Oddsmakers have listed both the Canadiens and Maple Leafs as -110 favorites on the money line, while setting the over/under total to 5 ½ goals. Have they left an opening on the odds boards in this one? 

We have a good one set to go tonight in the Northeast Division when the Montreal Canadeins clash on the ice with one of their bitter rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs as both teams go up against the NHL odds.

The first place and playoff bound Montreal Canadiens (26-9-5) will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (22-13-5) on Saturday night for a division rivalry matchup that will showcase a battle of original six adversaries.

The puck in this one is scheduled to drop at 7:00 PM EST from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario and can be seen live on national television, with broadcast coverage provided by the NHL network. 

Let's analyze this matchup further and determine where bettors can find the best value with their NHL picks.

The Canadiens come into this game with the 3rd rated offense in the NHL, scoring an average of 3.2 goals per contest. On defense, they also feature a top tier team as they are holding opponents to just 2.4 goals per game, which is 4th best in the league.

Montreal is an impressive 7-2 in their last 9 games played on the highway and 6-2 in their last 8 when going up against a team in their own division. The Canadiens are under in 10 of their last 12 games played on the road.

Toronto’s offense should be able to hang with Montreal, as their average of 3.1 goals per game is 5th best in the NHL. However, on defense, they are ranked in the bottom half of the league at number 20, giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game.

The Maple Leafs have won five of six at home and five of seven overall, but they are just 1-4 in their last five when playing of two days rest. Toronto is 13-5-4 over in their last 22 games against teams from the Eastern Conference.

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The Pick

Montreal has been a superior team on the road all season (13-4-2), while Toronto in my view is mediocre on their home ice this year. (11-7-2).

That said, grabbing Montreal at -110 on the money line holds value worthy of our NHL pick of the night.

NHL Pick: Canadiens -110 at Sports Bet

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