Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/18/21

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/18/21 Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (4-12-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (11-3-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -350 / Ottawa Senators +280 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Thursday night.

The Ottawa Senators will look to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Toronto in their last matchup. Brady Tkachuk leads the Sens in scoring with 11 points coming on 5 goals and 6 assists while Josh Norris has 10 points with 3 goals and 7 helpers. Thomas Chabot and Connor Brown each have 9 points with 3 goals and 6 assists apiece and Nic Paul and Evgenii Dadonov each have 8 points with Dadonov logging 6 goals and a pair of assists while Paul’s got 3 goals and 5 assists. Matt Murray’s had 13 appearances this year, grabbing a pair of wins with a 3.55 GAA while Marcus Hogberg has a 4.32 GAA and a pair of wins in 9 appearances this season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to add to their win over the Sens from Wednesday night. Mitch Marner leads the Leafs in scoring with 23 points coming on 7 goals and 16 assists while Auston Matthews has a team-high 14 goals with 7 assists for his 21 points. John Tavares has 15 points on 5 goals and 10 assists while Morgan Rielly and William Nylander each have 12 points with Rielly logging 10 assists while Nylander has 4 goals and 8 assists this season. Jake Muzzin has 10 assists as part of his 11 points while Zach Hyman’s got 10 points with 4 goals and 6 helpers. Frederik Andersen’s got the bulk of Toronto’s starts in goal, going 10-5 with a 2.67 GAA this season.

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Ottawa is 18-42 in their last 60 games against a team with a winning record and 14-38 in their last 52 games overall while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games as an underdog. Toronto is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 5-15 in their last 20 games playing on no rest while the under is 10-3-1 in their last 14 home games. The over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.

I’ve had a hard time really figuring this battle of Ontario out, as when I think the Leafs will win, the Senators grab the upset. I think it’s going over, it goes under. So with this being a rivalry game, I’m going to try my luck again with Toronto -1.5. The Leafs just have to break through at some point as it’s starting to get frustrating to watch as a fan and I think that once the levee breaks, it’s going to get ugly for the Sens. Leafs on the puck line for me here.

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Chris’s Pick Toronto -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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