Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game 5 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 26, 2021

Lack of offence is really starting to hurt the Habs.  Montreal hasn't scored since the second period of Game 3 and they've only managed four goals in the entire series.

Montreal
24-21-8-3
AT
May 27, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
35-14-7
Puckline +1.5 -112
Moneyline +213
Over / Under o +5.5

24%

Betting Action

76%

Puckline -1.5 -108
Moneyline -257
Over / Under u +5.5

24%

Betting Action

76%

William Nylander‘s hot streak continued and Jack Campbell was perfect in Toronto’s 4-0 win over Montreal in Game 4 on Tuesday.  As the series shifts back to the Six for Game 5, the Leafs have a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven matchup and they can end the Canadiens’ season with a win on Thursday.

Toronto is a -235 favourite to win Game 5 on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Odds

It’s pretty clear what fans think will happen in Game 5, with 89 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors picking a Leafs’ win.  Likely because of Montreal’s offensive struggles, 67 per cent of bettors are taking the Under on Thursday.  The total has gone Under in four of the last five games between these teams, including three of four games in this series.

Tuesday’s loss dropped the Canadiens to 1-8 straight up over their last nine games.  They’ve now lost in four of their last five games against Toronto.  The Leafs, on the other hand, are 10-4 SU over their last 14 games.  Home ice bodes well for them too, as they’ve won five of their last six at Scotiabank Arena.

Montreal Canadiens

Lack of offence is really starting to hurt the Habs.  Montreal hasn’t scored since the second period of Game 3 and they’ve only managed four goals in the entire series.  The Canadiens’ power play is killing them.  They were blanked again on Tuesday, going 0-for-4 on the man advantage in Game 4, and they’re now 0-for-13 in the series.  The second period is also hurting the Habs.  Montreal has been outscored 7-1 and outshot 55-26 in the middle frame.  Carey Price made 24 saves in Tuesday’s loss.

Eric Staal slotted back into the lineup for Game 4, after missing Game 3 with an undisclosed injury.  More bad news for the Canadiens, Artturi Lehkonen (upper-body) and Jake Evans (undisclosed) are not travelling with the team to Toronto.  Lehkonen left Monday’s Game 3 in the first period, while Evans hasn’t played since the second period of Game 1.  Both players have failed to register a point in the series.

Montreal is 2-18 all-time when trailing 3-1 in a best-of-seven series.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Nylander continues to impress after scoring in his fourth straight game on Tuesday.  He’s the third Leafs player in franchise history to score in each of the first four games of a postseason.  Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton and Alex Galchenyuk also recorded goals, while Alexander Kerfoot finished with three assists.  At 41 years, 327 days, Thornton became the oldest Leafs player to score a playoff point.  Jack Campbell made 32 saves for his first career playoff shutout.

Nick Foligno‘s status remains up in the air and he’ll likely be a game-time decision for Game 5.  Foligno (lower-body) missed Game’s 3 and 4 and is listed as day-to-day.  He has an assist through the first two games of the series, after finishing the regular season with 20 points (7G, 13A) in 49 games split between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Leafs.

Toronto is 11-1 all-time when leading a series 3-1, which actually hasn’t happened for them since 1987.  Teams with a 3-1 lead are 229-29 (91 per cent) winning a best-of-seven series in the NHL.

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