The Montreal Canadiens (43-29-8) take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (46-27-7) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in what looks likely to be a crucial game for the Canadiens against their old rivals.
This, the last game of the regular season for both teams, is one that the Canadiens probably need to win if they are to secure an NHL playoff spot via a Wild Card, thus enabling them to join the already qualified Toronto Maple Leafs.
Prior to facing the Maple Leafs, the Canadiens faced a challenging road trip to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals, on Thursday evening, with their last result before that being an impressive 4-2 win on home-ice against this season’s Presidents’ Trophy winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Canadiens are currently averaging 3.00 Goals per Game, which leaves them 14th overall in the NHL rankings. Defensively they are allowing 2.86 Goals per Game (13th overall). Brendan Gallagher has scored 33 goals in the season to date, while Max Domi has contributed 43 assists.
The Maple Leafs were up against the Lightning themselves on Thursday evening, having lost their last game prior to that 4-1 on home-ice to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday evening.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.50 Goals per Game (4th overall), while allowing 3.01 Goals per Game (17th overall). John Tavares has scored 47 goals this season, while Mitch Marner has provided 67 assists.
In terms of bet predictions for this game, the Canadiens will almost certainly have the greater need, but the Maple Leafs are unlikely to surrender lightly to their old foes. The Canadiens showed their ability in beating the Lightning though, so they are our tips here on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Montreal Canadiens