Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens - 10/7/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (56-27-11) at Toronto Maple Leafs (30-44-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -110 / Montreal Canadiens -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Maple Leafs and Canadiens kick off another season of NHL hockey when the two bitter rivals square off at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night.
The Montreal Canadiens are coming off a successful season in which they made it to the Atlantic division final before losing to the eventual Eastern Conference champions from Tampa Bay and a large part of their success was due to the stellar play of goaltender Carey Price. Price took down the Vezina, Hart, and Lindsay trophies in the off season and he will be looking to do it all over again this year as it is quickly becoming a “Cup or bust” mentality in Montreal and with the group they have this year it wouldn't come as a shock to see them get there. Montreal brought in a couple of experimental pieces including Alex Semin who is looking to find his scoring touch after a couple of disappointing seasons in Carolina and alongside guys like Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, and Brendan Gallagher, Semin should be able to contribute offensively without the pressure of being the go to guy.
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The Maple Leafs meanwhile are trending in the opposite direction as they have made a ton of personnel moves off the ice in hopes of getting the franchise back on the right track after two seasons worth of massive underachieving. Toronto's luck was poor off the ice as well after losing out on the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, and while they landed a top prospect in the form of Mitch Marner he isn't on the same level as McDavid and won't be NHL ready for at least another year. The Buds also shipped out Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh leaving a massive hole offensively and to be honest the Leafs don't have anyone right now can fill that gap. Toronto does have some nice pieces in the form of James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, and Jake Gardiner but they are still miles behind where Montreal is right now and while opening night is always tough to call and over the course of the season things will even out to where each team should finish I do think the visitors start off on the right foot and get the win in hostile territory.