Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs - 5/31/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs - 5/31/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (38-15-9) vs Montreal Canadiens (27-24-11)

Game Info: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -208 / Montreal Canadiens +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Montreal Canadiens in game 7 of their 1st round playoff series. The series is tied 3-3 after Montreal won the last game.

The Montreal Canadiens are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games, averaging 2.1 goals and allowing 3.1 with a .903 save percentage. Tyler Toffoli leads the team with 3 assists and 4 points in the playoffs after leading the team with 28 goals and 44 points during the regular season. Defenseman Jeff Petry leads the team with 10 points against Toronto this season. Carey Price has performed well this postseason, averaging 2.44 goals against: just under his regular season average. Montreal has won 2 of 3 in Toronto during the postseason, after going 1-3 during the regular season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games, averaging 3 goals and allowing 2.2 with a .919 save percentage. Austin Matthews leads the Leafs with 41 goals and 66 points this season and led with 7 goals and 14 points against Montreal. William Nylander leads the team with 4 goals and 7 points during the playoffs. Jack Campbell has been lights out in goal. He has allowed just 1.77 goals per game and has stopped .937% of the shots he has faced.

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Montreal is 13-11-4 at home this season, 24-32 ATS, and the under is 29-24.

Toronto is 17-7-4 on the road this season, 22-34 ATS, and the under is 28-24.

Montreal has now won two straight on the brink of elimination and have proven they will not go out quietly. Toronto forced overtime late in the third for the second straight game, but the Canadiens found a way in extra time. The Maple Leafs have outshot Montreal in the last two games, so the effort has been there. Despite their inability to defend home ice to this point, Toronto still opens this as the heavy favorite. Montreal has seemingly been in control for the greater part of the last two games, and I don’t see a change of venue disrupting that trend. At -150 give me the Canadiens on the puck line in what should be another close game.

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Joe’s Pick Montreal Canadiens +1.5

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