Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 6, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
Toronto Maple Leafs -265 / Ottawa Senators +212 -- Over/Under: 6
The Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet in another instalment of the Battle of Ontario from Scotiabank Arena in NHL action on Wednesday night.
The Ottawa Senators come into this game looking for a win that would snap a 4-game losing streak after a 2-0 shutout loss at home to the Detroit Red Wings in their last outing. The game, by all intents and purposes, was over early as Detroit struck twice in a span of :39 just after the midway point of the 1st period to take the 2-0 lead that they would hold onto throughout the first and the final two periods to secure the victory and send Ottawa home with nothing to show for their hard work. Maxime Lajoie led the Sens with 5 shots on goal and Travis Chabot came right behind with 4 attempts on target in the losing effort. Craig Anderson took the loss, falling to 14-16-3 after allowing both goals on 21 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to pick up some steam after a 6-1 beatdown of the Anaheim Ducks in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie through the opening 20 minutes before John Tavares broke the deadlock early in the 2nd. Andreas Johnsson and Jake Muzzin (who scored his first as a Maple Leaf) each buried to make it 3-0 after 40 minutes of play. Anaheim pulled a goal back but Connor Brown would respond just :31 later before William Nylander made it 5-1 just 2:48 later. Johnsson made it 6 with his 2nd goal of the game as Toronto would ride that lead to the final horn for the victory. Frederik Andersen got the win to improve to 23-11-2 after stopping 24 of 25 shots faced in the winning effort.
Ottawa is 15-46 in their last 61 road games and 1-9 in their last 10 games against the Eastern Conference while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Toronto is 34-15 in their last 49 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games overall. Ottawa is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.
The plus money with the Senators is definitely worth a look as this is a rivalry game and the Senators have gotten the better of the Leafs for the most part over the last couple of years. However, the Senators are having major issues, both overall and on the road, while the Leafs are starting to pick up steam and are getting back into form with the addition of Jake Muzzin on the blue line. I’ll side with Toronto here, and to negate the heavy juice I’ll back the Leafs to win by a couple on the puck line.