The Ottawa Senators (23-41-6) face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs (42-22-5) in the Battle of Ontario on Saturday evening at the Canadian Tire Centre.
It’s been another extremely challenging season for the Senators, who were last in action on home-ice against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday evening. Prior to that they went down to what was a fourth straight loss in losing 3-2 on the road at the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday evening.
At present the Senators are averaging 2.93 Goals per Game, which puts them 18th overall in the NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing a damaging 3.71 Goals per Game (31st and last overall). Mark Stone has contributed 28 goals for the Senators this season, while Thomas Chabot has provided 36 assists.
Before facing the Senators, the Maple Leafs had games on home-ice against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday evening and the Flyers on Friday evening. Prior to that they were in action on Monday evening, when they suffered a comprehensive 6-2 loss on home-ice against the all-conquering Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.57 Goals per Game (3rd overall), while they are allowing 2.88 Goals per Game (12th overall). John Tavares has lit the lamp 38 times this season, while Mitch Marner has contributed 58 assists.
Any NHL predictions for this game have to take the rivalry into account, but the Maple Leafs are the vastly superior roster and they provide a goal threat that looks certain to cause problems for the weakest defence in the NHL. The Money Line odds will unquestionably favour the Maple Leafs, but they are the obvious tips to win this game.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs