Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators - 4/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ottawa Senators (39-26-12) at Toronto Maple Leafs (29-43-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +170 / Ottawa Senators -200 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
With the way things started for the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals it appeared that it was going to be an easy night.
Mark Stone scored his 21st goal of the season to put the Senators on the board in a must win game, and the goals just kept coming in the opening period. Clarke MacArthur added his 15th of the season with the Senators on the power play, and Mika Zibanejad added a power play marker of his own to make it a 3-0 game heading into the intermission.
Andrew Hammond has been a rock in goal since he took over as the No. 1 guy and he was able to hold the Capitals to just a single goal in the second period despite facing 12 shots. Washington continued to control play in the third period and found a way to get back into the game.
The Capitals got a goal from Mike Green to get within a goal and then with under five minutes remaining in regulation it was Troy Brouwer who evened things up. The game would remain tied through regulation and the in the overtime session the Senators finally found their game.
In the open ice it looked like the Senators finally felt comfortable again for the first time since the opening period an with under two minutes remaining in the session the Senators finally got the game winner off the stick of Kyle Turris. It was Turris’ 23rd goal of the season and it helped keep Ottawa’s slim playoff chances alive heading into Sunday’s important match with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Up in Boston the Maple Leafs were playing a similar game but it wouldn’t have been close if not for the play of goaltender James Reimer. Toronto was out shot 19-6 in the first period but Reimer kept the Bruins off the board. Patrice Bergeron would give the Bruins a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the second period, but James van Riemsdyk would tie things up with his 26th goal of the season.
In the third period the shots just kept coming at Reimer, but he was able to rise to the challenge. Through three regulation periods and an overtime session Reimer had made 50 saves and allowed the Maple Leafs to have a chance to win the game.
Despite his fantastic effort, Reimer was unable to come away with the victory. Boston would steal the 2-1 win in the shootout and send the Maple Leafs to another difficult defeat.
Toronto was able to find a way to take a huge point from Ottawa last week when they rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory up at the Air Canada Centre. Both teams will be on the second night of a back-to-back but don’t expect the Senators to let Toronto win another one against them after last week.