Ottawa Senators vs Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/14/21

Ottawa Senators vs Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/14/21 Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (19-7-2) at Ottawa Senators (9-20-1)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators +201 / Toronto Maple Leafs -229 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday night.

The Toronto Maple Leafs come into this one on the heels of their 5-2 loss to Winnipeg last time out. Mitch Marner leads the Leafs in scoring with 38 points including a team-high 27 assists while Auston Matthews has 35 points with a team-high 21 goals this season. As a team, Toronto is averaging 3.4 goals per game on 30.4 shots per game while boasting a 30.2% success rate on the power play. Toronto’s defense is giving up 2.6 goals per game on 28.6 shots against per game with a 75.9% kill rate on the penalty kill this season.

The Ottawa Senators will be on the lookout to rebound from a 6-2  loss to the Edmonton Oilers in their last matchup. Thomas Chabot leads the Senators in scoring with 20 points including a team-high 16 assists while Brady Tkachuk has 19 points with a team-high 10 goals and a team-high 126 shots on goal this season. As a team, Ottawa is averaging 2.6 goals per game with 31.6 shots on goal per contest and a 14.3% success rate on the power play while allowing a league-high 4 goals per game on 31.8 shots per game against with a 73.7% success rate on the penalty kill this season.

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Toronto is 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 6-16 in their last 22 games played on no rest while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Ottawa is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 18-45 in their last 63 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games. Toronto is 4-9 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams in Ottawa.

It feels weird saying this but I think you could make a case for either side as Toronto is the better team but the Leafs are struggling mightily right now and these Battle of Ontario games are always tough. I think this ends up being a one-goal game whichever way it goes or maybe even goes to overtime, so I’ll back Ottawa +1.5 in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Ottawa +1.5

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

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