Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Toronto Maple Leafs -185 / Montreal Canadiens +155
The Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 5-1 win over Philadelphia in their last outing. Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring just :58 into the game before Jesperi Kotkaniemi doubled the lead just 2:13 later. Gallagher scored his 2nd of the game to make it 3-0 just after the midway point of the opening period. Gallagher completed his hat trick to make it 4-0 2:56 into the 2nd period and Tomas Tatar got on the board to push the lead to 5-0 after 40 minutes of play. Philadelphia would pull a consolation goal back but the damage was already done as Montreal held on for the victory. Carey Price got the win to improve to 25-16-5 after stopping 29 of 30 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 3-2 loss to Washington in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Washington struck twice in the 2nd to carry a 2-0 lead over Toronto through the 2nd intermission. Andreas Johnsson got Toronto back within one 4:23 into the 3rd before Washington restored the two-goal cushion 2:23 later. John Tavares pulled the score back to 3-2 with :33 to go in the game, but it was too little too late as Washington closed the door the rest of the way for the win, sending Toronto back empty-handed. Frederik Andersen took the loss, falling to 27-13-3 after allowing all 3 goals on 28 shots faced in the losing effort.
Montreal is 23-48 in their last 71 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 road games. Toronto is 35-16 in their last 51 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 games against the Eastern Conference. Montreal is 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with Montreal is tempting considering how well the Habs have been playing to get themselves back into the playoff race, but the fact here is that Montreal has also had no success against the Maple Leafs dating back to last season. Toronto doesn’t necessarily warrant this kind of price tag with their recent play over the last couple of games, but Toronto needs a win to get back on track and against a Montreal team that they’ve gotten the better of lately, I think that win comes here so I’ll lay the juice with Toronto in this spot.