Our NHL consultant breaks down the huge rivalry game tonight between Toronto & Montreal. Join us in reading his insightful betting preview that culminates with a money line selection on this contest.
Epic NHL Rivalry
The oldest rivalry in the NHL gets renewed on Saturday when the Montreal Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, Montreal is a -235 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. Oddly enough, this will be just the second meeting of the season between these Atlantic Division rivals. Montreal won the first encounter at Toronto by a score of 4-3 way back on October 8th. Since the start of last season, these teams have seen all six of their meetings go over the total.
A Complete Unraveling
The Toronto Maple Leafs enters tonight having lost 13 of the last 14, 16 of the last 18, and 21 of their previous 25-games. They’ve also dropped twelve consecutive road games in a row. The only silver lining, six of their last eight losses have come by just one goal. Putting that futility into perspective, prior to this mammoth 25-game skid which began on November 9th, they were a solid 19-12 against the money line on the season, and are currently 23-33 for the year.
Bouncing Back from an Embarrassment
The Montreal Canadiens are coming off an embarrassing 4-3 home loss in their previous game against the Edmonton Oilers, and it came as a huge -250 money line favorite. The loss snapped a three game winning streak, and came versus a team who resides at the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference. Ironically, their last two losses have come versus cellar dwellers in each conference. They also lost a shocker as a money line home favorite of -400 to the Buffalo Sabres on February 3rd. Despite those surprising defeats, Montreal has gone an outstanding 18-7 during their last 25-games.
The Canadiens have gone under the total in 13 of 14 this season after winning two of their previous three games. Carey Price will get the start in goal tonight for Montreal, and he’s been sizzling hot in recent outings. Price has gone 8-1 in his last nine starts, posting an excellent .958 save percentage during that time, and also earned two shutouts.
Toronto has seen just two of their previous ten road games go over the total. Jonathan Bernier is slated to get the start in goal tonight for the Maple Leafs. Bernier seen ten of his fifteen starts on the road go under the total, and he’s posted four shutouts in those contests.
My small lean is toward this game being a low scoring affair, and that will be one of my NHL picks on Saturday.
Free NHL Pick: Play on Toronto and Montreal to go under the total of 5.5 at Bookmaker.