The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday in game six of the NHL North First Round Playoffs at the Bell Centre.
The Toronto Maple Leafs can make the second round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. William Nylander leads Toronto with four goals, Mitchell Marner has four assists and Auston Matthews has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 1.60 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Jack Campbell has given up eight goals on 144 shots faced.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win to save their season and force a game seven on Monday. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 1.60 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Armia leads Montreal with two goals, Corey Perry has two assists and Josh Anderson has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 13 goals on 160 shots faced.
The Maple Leafs are 20-8 in their last 28 Saturday games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The under is 5-2 in Maple Leafs last 7 road games. The over is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 overall. The Maple Leafs are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Montreal and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 26-10 in the last 36 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are obviously the more talented team here and should be favored, but the Habs have hung around in some of these games and their overtime win in game five could be the much needed shot in the arm to take this thing to a deciding game seven. While the road team has had a lot of success in this series, you’d think home ice would matter at some point and you can never count out a team that has Carey Price in net. I’m always rooting for game sevens and you can make a case the Canadiens and the plus money has value here.