Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 10/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0-0) at Ottawa Senators (0-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -130 / Toronto Maple Leafs +115 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Maple Leafs open the season against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Ottawa Senators were 5th in the Atlantic last year at 38-35-9 and missed out on the postseason. The Senators were one of the better offensive squads with 236 goals but were near the bottom with 247 goals allowed. The question for the Sens is whether goalie Matt O’Connor is ready for the big time and can help control the scoreboard if he can stick with the club. Whoever is in goal should benefit from a solid offense that features Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman. Kyle Turris and newly acquired Derick Brassard to name a few. Throw in new head coach Guy Boucher and his system and the Senators are a team we’ll need to watch to determine how things go.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs don’t always get a ton of respect from NHL fans and that includes their own fans. Head coach Mike Babcock and the Leafs would like nothing better then to change that but does he have the necessary talent? Toronto will unveil the overall top pick from the draft in Austin Matthews but how many goals and assists will the rookie produce is an unknown. Other rookies such as Mitch Marner, Nikita Zaitisev and William Nylander could see substantial time for a Leafs club that was at the bottom of the standings last year. Nazem Kadri and Van Riemsdyk are a few veterans that have to step up along with newly acquired goalie Frederik Anderson.
The over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 overall while going 3-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 4 road games. The under is 5-0-1 in Senators last 6 Wednesday games and the Senators are 1-5 in their last 6 Wednesday games while the under is 9-2 in Senators last 11 vs. Atlantic. The Maple Leafs are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Ottawa and the Maple Leafs are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings while the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa.
Both teams were at the bottom of the NHL a season ago and both have made changes so we really can’t expect night and day changes in performances so right now I’ll back Ottawa…