Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Toronto Maple Leafs (12-3-2) vs Ottawa Senators (4-13-1)
Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -350 / Ottawa Senators +280 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing 14 of their last 17 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Tim Stutzle leads Ottawa with four goals, Nikita Zaitsev has six assists and Brady Tkachuk has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 4.1 goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has allowed 37 goals on 314 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 30 goals on 215 shots.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 34.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 13 goals, Mitchell Marner has 16 assists and John Tavares has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 39 goals on 393 shots faced and Jack Campbell has given up four goals on 52 shots.
The Senators are 14-48 in their last 62 road games and 14-38 in their last 52 overall. The Maple Leafs are 7-3 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Senators last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall. The over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Toronto and 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
The Ottawa Senators have played better hockey as of late and have been competitive against the Maple Leafs, but I'm still not looking to back this team. The Senators still don't play a lick of defense and have been horrible on the road dating back to last season. The Toronto Maple Leafs are easily the better team here and have the offense to eventually run away with one of these games. I'll lay the PL with the Maple Leafs at home.
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Randy’s Pick Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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