The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the busier early-season schedules of any team in the NHL – but they shouldn’t have any trouble getting up for Saturday’s home showdown with the rival Montreal Canadiens. Toronto has kicked off the 2019-20 campaign with back-to-back wins over Ottawa and Columbus, but Saturday marks the third game in four nights to start the year. The Canadiens opened the season with a 4-3 shootout loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Betting Analysis
Toronto enters as a comfortable favourite despite having played the night before; the Maple Leafs have just one win in their previous five games on zero days’ rest. And the Canadiens are on an incredible roll at the moment, having won each of their past 12 games against Atlantic Division opponents; that includes a wild 6-5 victory in their final meeting of last season, which ended Toronto’s incredible seven-game winning streak in the head-to-head series.
With Toronto’s offence rolling along, it’s no surprise that the total for this one is sitting at 6.5. But a slight majority – 56 percent, in fact – of Sports Interaction bettors are leaning toward the under for the latest chapter of this storied rivalry. The over is 3-1-1 in the previous five meetings between the teams overall, but the under is 3-1-1 in the last five games in Toronto. And Montreal is a perfect 12-0 O/U in its last 12 games against divisional foes.
What did we learn about the Canadiens from their opening game of the season? Not much, as you might guess – though it will be interesting to see if second-year forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi makes a leap after a solid rookie season. The third overall pick in 2018 scored a goal while firing three shots on net in just under 13 minutes of action; Kotkaniemi is an interesting play at +340 to score against the Maple Leafs, and +125 to record at least a point.
Toronto Maple Leafs
If you’re looking for a more reliable player prop for Saturday’s game, you won’t have to do much research. Auston Matthews is off to a blistering start to the season with three goals through his first two games – and the Canadiens have been one of his favourite targets in the early stages of his career. Matthews has 10 goals in 11 all-time meetings with Montreal, and should draw plenty of action at +120 to light the lamp again on Saturday.