Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Toronto Maple Leafs (29-19-7) at Montreal Canadiens (26-23-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +110 / Toronto Maple Leafs -130 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 39 goals, Mitch Marner has 40 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 115 goals on 1,281 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 48 goals on 421 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Montreal Canadiens look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 20 goals, Max Domi has 23 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 121 goals on 1,372 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or less goals in six of their last 11 games.
The Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road favorite and 2-9 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest. The Canadiens are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 6-15 in their last 21 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 5-1 in Maple Leafs last 6 overall. The under is 12-4-1 in Canadiens last 17 overall. The Maple Leafs are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings in Montreal and 7-17 in the last 24 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings. The over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
We're getting plus money to fade the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are back to their struggling defensive ways and on the end of a back to back, something they've had zero success playing lately. The Montreal Canadiens are enjoying their best stretch of the season, are rested and have won the last three meetings against the Maple Leafs, lighting them on fire offensively in all three matches. We've had a decent feel on the Toronto Maple Leafs all season. Give me the Canadiens and the better price.