Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/3/21

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens meet Monday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 28 goals, Mitchell Marner has 46 assists and John Tavares has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 66 goals on 640 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has given up 17 goals on 211 shots.

The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 27 goals, Jeff Petry has 25 assists and Josh Anderson has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 65 goals on 659 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 61 goals on 673 shots.

The Maple Leafs are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-20 in their last 28 games following a win. The under is 6-1-1 in Canadiens last 8 home games. The under is 3-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 4 overall. The Maple Leafs are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in Montreal and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have right the ship during this five-game winning streak and they’ve won five of the seven meetings this season against the Habs. The Montreal Canadiens continue to get respect from oddsmakers, but they don’t string together wins and haven’t done a ton overall this season to deserve this sort of love. You can make a strong argument the Maple Leafs should be a bigger favorite here. I’ll lay the cheap price. 

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