Ottawa Senators (19-25-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (32-19-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Air Canada Center and the Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the Ottawa Senators to town for a Saturday NHL matchup.
The Ottawa Senators need a monster second half run to even sniff the postseason and have taken a few steps in that direction with wins in four of five after a 4-3, SO victory versus the Nashville Predators. PK Subban pace Nashville with a pair of goals with Callie Jarnkrok also scoring while Juuse Saro stopped 32 shots in defeat.
The balanced Senators attack featured scoring from four different players with Christopher DiDomenico, Max McCormick and Magnus Paajarvi scoring in regulation with Mike Hoffman netting the winner in OT. Ryan Dzingel added two assists and Craig Anderson picked up the win for Ottawa with 35 saves.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing their best hockey of the season with wins in seven of nine where both ends of the ice have contributed to the success. Toronto comes off of a 3-2 shootout victory versus the Nashville Predators. Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville with Pekka Rinne taking the loss with 30 stops.
The surging Maple Leafs saw James van Riemsdyk open the scoring with just under four minutes remaining in the first with Kasperi Kapanen doubling the advantage with a short handed tally in the second. Van Riemsdyk scored the winner in round seven of the shootout to make a winner of Frederik Andersen and his 44 stops.
Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 4-1 in Senators last 5 road games and Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 overall. Under is 8-0 in Maple Leafs last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 7-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 8 games following a win and Maple Leafs are 6-1 in their last 7 overall. Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and Senators are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Both teams are playing well and while I lean Toronto I’ll go with the over until I see goalies…