Ottawa Senators (24-20-10) at Toronto Maple Leafs (29-21-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 1, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -126 / Ottawa Senators +114 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Battle of Ontario takes centre stage in Toronto on Saturday night as the Maple Leafs and Senators battle for bragging rights and divisional standing.
The Sens head into Saturday night’s encounter with the Maple Leafs playing some of their best hockey of the season as they have points in eight of their last 10 games and are making a push for the final automatic playoff spot in the Atlantic division. Ottawa is a team that has underachieved based on preseason expectations but with a third of the game still to be played they can certainly right the ship and redeem themselves by not only making the playoffs but pulling off a couple of victories along the way. Craig Anderson has regained his starter’s role after Robin Lehner looked helpless earlier this week and it is Anderson who will get the call for Ottawa here as he will match up against Jonathan Bernier for the Leafs.
The Maple Leafs have won back to back games and are the hottest team in the league right now as they are 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests and have trimmed the deficit for second place in the division to just three points. The top line of Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, and James van Riemsdyk has been sensational for the Buds of late as has Nazem Kadri who continues to hear the trade mill swirling despite his improved play of late. Toronto all things considered has a very good shot at making a playoff push as to me they’re the third best team in the East behind the Penguins and Bruins and while there are others in their company I think they have the balance to do some damage especially when they get Dave Bolland back in the mix. With both teams playing well at the moment the line in this one is actually very respectable and I think getting the Leafs at this price at home on Hockey Night in Canada is something we have to jump on.