Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens - 3/22/14
Montreal Canadiens (38-26-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (36-27-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -110 / Montreal Canadiens +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Maple Leafs and Canadiens take centre stage for Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday as the two old rivals jockey for positioning in the Atlantic division.
The Canadiens will look to send their bitter rivals to a fourth straight loss at the most inopportune time of the season as the regular season is drawing towards a close and playoff positions are becoming more concrete. Montreal has been fairly consistent this season and haven’t gone on long stretches of playing poorly but as with any team there is room for improvement and a stellar effort against the Leafs tonight would go a long way in building confidence. Carey Price’s return to the net has been massive for Montreal who certainly miss their Olympic gold winning netminder as Petr Budaj struggled in his absence and it is clear the team has more confidence when Price is in goal. The Habs will look for their 39th win of the year while sending the Leafs to their 28th defeat.
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
The Maple Leafs have dropped three straight games and six of their last 10 at possibly the worst time of the year as they slipping out of the playoff picture in a hurry sitting in seventh place. Toronto has a pretty solid roster that to me has the chance to compete in the Eastern Conference playoff picture but if they can’t there then obviously that won’t be a possibility. Toronto could see a couple of their walking wounded return to action as Jonathan Bernier has been making progress every day since injuring his groin and Dave Bolland who has missed most of the season is slated to return tonight which would give the team and fans a huge boost moving forward and give the Leafs an edge in this game against the Canadiens. While I don’t like suggesting a winner in a game involving these two teams I do think the Leafs are the play here if Bernier gets the call in net as I think physically the Leafs are bigger and in a grudge match I think that will make the difference.