Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators - 1/15/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators - 1/15/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (0-0) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0)

Game Info: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators +144 / Toronto Maple Leafs -179 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators meet Friday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another win after beating Montreal in overtime in their season opener. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. William Nylander leads Toronto with two goals, John Tavares has two assists and Auston Matthews has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing four goals per game and are killing 33.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up four goals on 32 shots faced.

The Ottawa Senators are coming off a 25-win season and haven’t made the postseason since 2016-17. The Senators were one of the busier teams in the offseason, losing players such as Bobby Ryan, Mark Borowiecki, Anders Nilsson and Ron Hainsey. The Senators then went ahead and added a ton of new faces in Matt Murray, Derek Stepan, Joshua Brown, Erik Gudbranson, Austin Watson, Braydon Coburn and Cedric Paquette. Murray gives the Senators a reliable goalie in net, which makes this team better out the gate. If Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk can take that next step in their young careers, the Senators have a promising future. Not sure the playoff drought comes to an end this season, but the Senators will be much more competitive this time around.

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The Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games. The Senators are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 17-35 in their last 52 overall. The over is 7-2 in Maple Leafs last 9 road games. The over is 5-2 in Senators last 7 overall. The Maple Leafs are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Ottawa. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't had a bunch of recent success playing in Ottawa, but they do have the edge of getting a game out of the way and winning in overtime should provide a confidence boost. The Ottawa Senators are better on paper than they were a year ago, but this still isn't a playoff team and they're going to lose a lot when playing above average teams. I'll lay the somewhat reasonable price with the Maple Leafs.

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Maple Leafs -179

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