Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens - 4/12/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (17-12-9) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (28-10-3)
Game Info: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +120 / Toronto Maple Leafs -140 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Monday night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to build on their 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators in their last matchup. Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews share the team-high in scoring with 52 points apiece, with Marner logging a team-high 38 assists and Matthews chipping in a league-high 31 goals this season. John Tavares has 33 points with 12 goals and 21 assists while Zach Hyman and William Nylander each have 30 points with double-digit goal and assist numbers this season. Morgan Rielly also has 28 points with 24 assists this season. As a team, Toronto is averaging 3.3 goals on 31 shots with a 23.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.5 goals on 28.5 shots with a 78.5% success rate on the PK this season.
The Montreal Canadiens will be out to bounce back from a 5-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing. Tyler Toffoli leads the Canadiens in scoring with 30 points including a team-high 19 goals while Jeff Petry has 29 points with 11 goals and 18 assists. Tomas Tatar has 25 points with 17 assists while Brendan Gallagher and Josh Anderson have each registered 14 goals this season. As a team, Montreal is averaging 3.q goals on 33.1 shots per game with 20% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals per game on 28.2 shots against with a 76.4% success rate on the PK this season.
Toronto is 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. Montreal is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 games as a home underdog while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. The favorite is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.
This is the premier rivalry in the NHL as it goes back well over 100 years and this year’s meetings have been no different as they’ve all been physical and tight. With that said, Toronto’s on fire right now and have been a tough out on the road. These games are always coin flips and that’s why the line is where it is, but I think Toronto is the play here.
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