The Maple Leafs host the Canadians on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with the opening faceoff slated for 7:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds both teams are -105 on the money line and the posted total is 5.5. These teams have seen their last 4 meetings go over the total. The Canadians are currently 3rd in the Atlantic Division, and 4th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are 4th in the Atlantic, and tied for 5th overall in the East.
Starting with today’s game the Montreal Canadians will play 6 of their next 7-games on the road. They’ve gone a respectable 18-16 versus the money in away games this season. Montreal comes off a tough 3-2 home loss to Columbus on Thursday. The loss snapped a 3-game win streak for the Canadians. Montreal has established a very peculiar trend going over the total in just 14 of their last 53-games played on a Saturday.
Toronto enters tonight having lost their last 3-games in a row. Their most recent loss came at home on Wednesday versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. The loss was just the 2nd suffered at home in the Leafs last 10-games at the Air Canada Centre. They’ve seen just 3 of their last 14 home games go under the total. Toronto is on the opposite end of the spectrum as Montreal when it comes to playing on Saturdays. The Leafs have gone over the total in 10 of their last 11-games when played on a Saturday.
Any team versus the money line that’s coming off 2 consecutive losses in a row versus division opponents, and they’re playing with exactly 2-days of rest, has gone 41-20 (67.2%) in the last 5 seasons. Bet Toronto over Montreal for your hockey picks.
Hockey Pick: Toronto -105 over Montreal