The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after splitting their last 12 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 28 goals, Jeff Petry has 28 assists and Josh Anderson has 123 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 63 goals on 702 shots.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 39 goals, Mitchell Marner has 46 assists and John Tavares has 150 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.7 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 Canadiens are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Maple Leafs are 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Toronto. The favorite is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens have had issues stringing together wins, winning on the road or winning on the end of a back to back. Tough spot for the Habs here. The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be fully out of their recent slump, are well rested and they’ve won five of the eight meetings this season against the Canadiens. The favorite has also won 21 of the last 29 meetings between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens. I have no choice but to side with the Maple Leafs and the PL to shave down the expensive ML price.