Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens - 1/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (23-20-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (17-20-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 23, 2016 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 Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens need a nice road victory to snap a five-game losing streak. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 19 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 25 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 69 goals on 741 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs need a victory after losing five of their last six games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power plays. Leo Komarov leads Toronto with 16 goals, James van Riemsdyk has 15 assists and P.A. Parenteau has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their power play chances. James Reimer has allowed 42 goals on 666 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has given up 62 goals on 615 shots. Reimer has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 39-18 in their last 57 Saturday games and 2-10 in their last 12 road games. The Maple Leafs are 20-44 in their last 64 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Canadiens are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and 8-0 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Maple Leafs have not beaten the Canadiens since January of 2014. That's eight straight losses. In a pick em game, I'm siding with Montreal.