Ottawa Senators (30-19-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (26-19-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 18, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -135 / Ottawa Senators +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to continue their recent success against the Atlantic division as they welcome the Ottawa Senators to the ACC on Saturday night.
The Battle of Ontario takes centre stage on a busy night in the NHL on Saturday as these two rivals renew hostilities as both teams are competing for top spot in the Atlantic division in the home stretch of the regular season. The Senators will look for a pivotal road win against the Leafs as they can create some separation between the teams in the Atlantic division but Ottawa will have to come up with a strong effort as they have lost five of their last seven games against division rivals and can ill afford their slump to get any worse. The Sens have been strong against good home teams of late though as they have won four in a row against those with a winning mark in their own arena and with this one carrying a ton of clout you can be sure that both teams will be fired up for what could be a pretty significant game.
The Leafs meanwhile look to continue their success when having at least two days off as they have won their last six contests in that context but they have struggled since the all-star break as they are 3-7 in their last 10 games and haven’t looked like the team we saw in the first half. Toronto has responded well under Mike Babcock when they get blown out in their previous game as they are 7-3 in their last 10 games when they give up five or more the game before and after a shaky outing their last time out I think the Leafs will be fired up for this one against their bitter rivals.
The Sens are 4-0 in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record and are 1-4 in their last five following a win while the Buds are 8-3 in their last 11 against the Atlantic and 16-37 in their last 53 Saturday games. Ottawa needs a win here while Toronto looks to snap out of their funk but either way this will be a tight game and scoring will be at a premium so I think the under the is play.