Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Feb 08, 2020

Maple Leafs celebration, 2020

The Leafs need their offense to wake up as the team that’s scoring 3.57 goals per game on the season (fourth in the NHL) is tallying just 2.67 goals-per-game in February.

Toronto
36-25-4-5
AT
February 08, 2020, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
31-31-8-1
Puckline -1.5 +190
Moneyline -110
Over / Under o +6.5

62%

Betting Action

38%

Puckline +1.5 -228
Moneyline -110
Over / Under u +6.5

62%

Betting Action

38%

The Toronto Maple Leafs just can’t see to get it right. They entered the season as one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup but stumbled and fired head coach Mike Babcock. New coach Sheldon Keefe provided a brief spark but the Leafs are back to their losing ways, dropping seven of their last 12 games. On Saturday, they’ll be on the road facing a big rival in Montreal and the Habs have won eight of 11. Let’s take a closer look at this contest and see who has the edge.

Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens Betting Analysis

With Friday’s win over Anaheim, the Maple Leafs are now 14-11 against teams with a losing record. Friday’s game also went over, which marked the 11th time in their last 14 games that their game has gone over the number. While they’re just 15-12-0 on the road this season, they’ve won eight of their last 10 away games.

Having Carey Price in net has been the key to the Habs success of late as they’ve won eight of his last 10 starts. He’s faced the Maple Leafs twice this year and the Habs have won both games. However, keep in mind that they’re one of the league’s worst home teams at 12-18-4.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs just couldn’t live with Michael Hutchinson any longer. Starting goaltender Frederik Andersen is injured, which pushed Hutchinson into the starter’s role and he’s been one of the worst goalies in the NHL this season. He has a whopping 3.66 GAA and .886 save percentage. As he collapsed again during a loss at the New York Rangers on Wednesday, the front office traded for Jack Campbell and he’ll now be the starter until Andersen is healthy. He actually struggled in his debut, giving up four goals on 30 shots on Friday. It will be interesting to see if the Leafs call his number again in a back-to-back situation.

The Leafs also need their offense to wake up as the team that’s scoring 3.57 goals per game on the season (fourth in the NHL) is tallying just 2.67 goals-per-game in February. Enter Friday, the Leafs had scored just 3.0 goals per game over their previous seven contests.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens are on a bit of a roll here as they’ve won eight of their last 11 games. That’s put them back in the playoff picture as they’re six points behind the Leafs, who are tied for the final playoff spot with 65 points. That means Saturday’s matchup is critical.

While the Leafs have had all sorts of issues between the pipes, the Canadiens have not. After three shaky months to start the season, Carey Price has placed like an All-Star since the start of December. He had a .936 save percentage in January and is .946 so far in February. He’s allowed two goals or less in six of his last nine outings and is giving the Habs a chance to win every night. Their offense is cooking too as they scored just 2.33 goals per game in January but are at 3.17 per game since the All-Star Break.

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