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Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 10/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs (6-1-0) at Ottawa Senators (3-1-3)
Date & Time Saturday October 21, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Ottawa Senators -105 / Toronto Maple Leafs -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to continue their hot start with a stop at the Ottawa Senators in a Saturday NHL tilt.

The Toronto Maple Leafs need a road win versus the Ottawa Senators on Saturday to remain hot. Toronto comes off of a 6-3 victory against the visiting Detroit Red Wings for their third straight victory.

The Maple Leafs were in the driver’s seat early with the offense lighting the lamp on four of their first five shots to take a 4-1 lead in the first. The Leafs attack saw scoring from Zach Hyman, Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri, William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly. The scoring spree was enough to make a winner of Curtis McElhinney and his 30 saves in first start of the season for Toronto.

Tomas Tater, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson supplied the scoring for the Red Wings with Nick Jensen adding three assists. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was given the hook after giving up three goals on four shots in favor of Petr Mrazek stopped 19-21 shots.

The Ottawa Senators are gunning for two points when the surging Toronto Maple Leafs visit. Ottawa is coming off of a disappointing 5-4, overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday where the team squandered a 4-2 lead in the third period. 

The Senators attack saw goals from Alex Burrows, Derick Brassard, Kyle Turris and Tom Pyatt but the team could not score in the third or stop New Jersey. Erik Karlsson logged a trio of assists while Craig Anderson absorbed the loss for the Sens with five goals given up on 46 shots.

The Devils defense wasn’t good but the offense bailed them out beginning with John Moore who won this in the extra session while rookie Nico Hischier scored twice. Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri also lit the lamp while Taylor Hall posted four assists to help New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid to the win with nine saves after he replaced Corey Schneider who was touched for all four goals. 

Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and over is 6-0 in Maple Leafs last 6 Saturday games and Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games. Under is 2-0-2 in Senators last 4 vs. Atlantic and Senators are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and Senators are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. Maple Leafs are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings and over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Ottawa and Maple Leafs are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Ottawa.

The Maple Leafs have generally struggled on the road at Ottawa but there always seems to be plenty of scoring so for now I’ll back the over…

Pick:
over 5.5 will update

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