Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Bell Centre)

TOR -124 O:U 6.5

TV: CBC

The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The Maple Leafs are coming off of their second straight loss losing to the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers in their last game. Both losses came with a 5-3 defeat. The Maple Leafs loss to the Panthers snapped a three-game winning streak, last defeating the Ottawa Senators as the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are 28-19-7 on the season. The Maple Leafs have slipped recently but still find themselves in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs have a ton of talent on their roster as they have two players selected to the NHL All-Star Game, Auston Matthews and Goalie Frederik Anderson. Matthews has helped the Maple Leafs become one of the most prolific offenses in the NHL at the moment, with the second-most goals this season with 193. However, the Maple Leafs have one of the worst defenses in the league and need to improve their defense to become an elite side.

The Montreal Canadians are coming off of a two-game win streak, as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks and the New Jersey Devils and their last two games. The game prior to their win streak, the Canadiens lost against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which snapped another two-game win streak that they were on.

The Montreal Canadiens are 26-23-7 on the season and sit in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens are a middle of the road team in terms of their statistics compared to the rest of the league but need to improve their defense if they want a shot at the playoffs. 

Toronto is 24-28 ATS this season
Maple Leafs are 7-2 in their last nine road games.
Montreal is 27-29 ATS this season
Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five overall.

This game is going to be very close, as both teams are very close to each other in the division standings. The Toronto Maple Leafs will have the upper hands in terms of offense, but the defense of the Montreal Canadiens is slightly better than that of the Maple Leafs. Due to the Maple Leafs consistent discipline, I think that Toronto stays away from penalties, and that helps them win this game. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 3-2.
 

Joshua’s Pick Toronto -124

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