Toronto Maple Leafs (13-3-2) at Montreal Canadiens (9-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -110 / Toronto Maple Leafs -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Saturday night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to build on their 7-3 rout of the Ottawa Senators in their last outing. Mitch Marner leads the Leafs in scoring with 27 points coming on 8 goals and 19 assists while Auston Matthews has a team-high 16 goals with 9 assists for his 25 points. John Tavares has 6 goals and 10 assists for his 16 points while Morgan Rielly and William Nylander each have 14 points with Rielly logging 12 assists while Nylander has 9 assists and 5 goals. Jake Muzzin’s got 12 points with 11 assists and Zach Hyman, Jason Spezza and Alex Kerfoot each have 10 points on the year. Frederik Andersen continues to start in goal for Toronto, logging a 10-5 record with a 2.67 GAA in his 15 starts.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to build off of their 2-1 win over Toronto last time out. Jeff Petry and Tyler Toffoli each have 15 points with Petry logging 6 goals and 9 assists while Toffoli’s got 10 goals and 5 helpers. Nick Suzuki has 3 goals with 9 assists for 12 points while Jonathan Drouin and Josh Anderson each have 11 points with Drouin recording 10 assists and Anderson chipping in 9 goals. Carey Price and Jake Allen have a split going on in goal for Montreal, with Carey Price recording a 5-3 record with a 2.64 GAA while Jake Allen has 4 wins in 6 appearances with a 2.01 GAA on the year.
Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 10-3 in their last 13 games overall while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Montreal is 3-7 in their last 10 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games as a home underdog while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games as an underdog. Toronto is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I think you could make a case for either side and I think this is the game of the night as both teams love to step up when the lights are bright on Saturday night. However, the Canadiens are starting to fade a bit after the hot start while the Maple Leafs are thriving in one of the best starts in team history. I just think that this Leafs team has a legitimate chance to follow through on the lofty expectations that precede them year after year, and as such, I’ll back the Leafs to get the job done with another win here.