Ottawa Senators (14-17-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-3)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under:
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to take down another rendition of the Battle of Ontario as they host the lowly Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night.
The Senators play their second game in as many nights and after getting waxed on home ice by the Chicago Blackhawks last night things don’t get any easier as they travel to Toronto to take on a Leafs side looking to shake off a disappointing loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. The Sens were absolutely demolished last night and didn’t look good in doing so and while they are likely to be more engaged for tonight’s game simply for the fact they are playing their arch rivals from Toronto, but after a home loss in which they gave up eight goals you can be sure they received an ear full from their coaching staff, and that team captain Erik Karlsson voiced his frustration. Mike Condon is likely to get the nod in goal here as he will face off against Frederik Andersen as both teams aim for bragging rights and two points in the latest installment of this rivalry.
The Leafs meanwhile let one slip away against the Jackets on Monday night as they held a 2-0 third period late but a fury from Columbus forced overtime thanks to two late goals and ultimately the game winner from Artemi Panarin which left a sour taste in the mouths of Leafs players and fans alike. Luckily the for the Buds they get a chance here to take out those frustrations on a Sens side that has been absolutely dreadful this season and doesn’t appear they are going to play their way out of this funk and with the rivalry factored in here the Leafs should be considered a huge favourite to win this game with ease.
Ottawa is 8-1 in their last nine meetings with the Leafs and 1-5 in their last six against the Atlantic while the Buds are 5-2 in their last seven home games and 2-5 in their last seven against the East. Ottawa is a mess but should be up for this one and while the line will try to make us bite on the Sens I just don’t see how they have enough here to skate past Toronto.