Toronto Maple Leafs (8-6-3) at Montreal Canadiens (13-2-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 19, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -180 / Toronto Maple Leafs +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to continue their strong play as they take to the road to face off against their archrivals in the Montreal Canadiens.
The Leafs look to build on their thrashing of the Florida Panthers on Thursday night as they head into the Bell Centre to square off with the Canadiens who fell in Raleigh to the Hurricanes last night and will be playing in a back to back. The Buds have been riding the play of James van Riemsdyk and rookie Mitch Marner over the last few games and they will need to be sharp in this one if the Leafs are going to find a way to generate some offense on Carey Price and company who is the likely starter for this one. Toronto will counter with Frederik Andersen who has played well this season despite not having the greatest numbers, but without him the Buds would be much worse off and would be at the bottom of the standings.
The Canadiens continue to be the class of the Atlantic division and would love to recreate their last outing at home against the Leafs and send their rowdy fans home happy with something to cheer about. This is an age old rivalry and regardless of where teams sit in the standings and what juncture we are at in the season, these teams always seem to show up and play each other close and this one figures to be no different as the well rested Leafs look to take down the Canadiens in enemy territory.
The Leafs are 0-7 in their last seven games at the Bell Centre and 3-14 in their last 17 meetings with the Canadiens while Montreal is 12-3 in their last 15 overall and 9-2 in their last 11 against the Eastern Conference. Toronto is playing well but they can’t seem to find a way to win in Montreal and I don’t see it changing tonight.