Hockey Night in Canada brings us one of the most classic rivalries in all of sports as the surging Toronto Maple Leafs face the number 1 team in the league, the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Leafs earned their sixth win in eight games on Thursday, with a convincing trouncing of the Florida Panthers at 6-1. Sports Interaction’s NHL betting odds have the Habs favored at -180.
Toronto Maple Leafs (8-6-3) vs Montreal Canadiens (13-2-2) Saturday, November 19, 2016 7:00 pm Odds: Toronto +150 Montreal -180
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The Habs dropped one to the Carolina Hurricanes last night, and back to back games aren’t easy, but the Canadiens are still the odds favorite in this matchup. They have been playing without forward Alexander Radulov, who may be back tonight as they try to end a slide. Also returning to up their chances is Carey Price who is back in the net after a few games off.
These rivals last played eachother just a few weeks ago, on October 29, and the Canadiens got the win, with Shea Weber showing Montreal fans that he might just be a good trade after all when he got the game winner in the third. Also a major player in that game was Radulov, who the Habs could really use tonight as they try to correct the course after the current slump and secure that first place position.
The Habs sit at 12-3 in their last 15 overall and are 9-2 in their last 11 against the Eastern Conference.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs are one of the most exciting teams in the league to watch these days, and a lot of their success over the past few weeks has been due to incredible performances by James van Riemsdyk and rookie Mitch Marner. They will have their work cut out for them tonight, though, as they face the best goaltender in the NHL.
The number one draft pick for the Leafs, Auston Matthews, has been having a tough time getting on the scoreboard since he rocketed into his first season with a debut game that will go down in history books with the rookie scoring four times. In his last 11 games however, he’s been scoreless.
The Leafs are 0-7 in their last seven games at the Bell Centre and 3-14 in their last 17 games with the Habs.
Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs Prediction