The Toronto Maple Leafs (36-19-4) meet the Montreal Canadiens (32-21-7) in a game between the oldest NHL rivals at the Barclays Center on Saturday evening.
The Maple Leafs last game was on Thursday evening, when they faced the Washington Capitals on home-ice. Before that, they suffered their third loss in five games in going down to a 3-2 OT loss at the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday evening.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.53 Goals per Game (4th overall in the NHL standings), while defensively they are allowing 2.88 Goals per Game (8th overall). They have a Power Play % of 21.2 (13th overall) and a Penalty Kill % of 81.5 (11th overall). On an individual basis, John Tavares has scored 33 goals for the Maple Leafs, while Mitch Marner has contributed 48 assists.
The Montreal Canadiens were up against the Philadelphia Flyers on home-ice on Thursday evening, with their game previous to that ending in a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on home-ice on Tuesday evening, ending a four-game losing streak for the Habs.
The Habs are currently averaging 2.95 Goals per Game (16th overall), while defensively they are allowing 2.95 Goals per Game (13th overall). They have a Power Play % of just 12.7 (30th overall) and a Penalty Kill % of 79.6 (20th overall). Brendan Gallagher has scored 23 goals, while Max Domi has contributed 32 assists.
Predictions are never easy in any game between major rivals but, although they have been infuriatingly inconsistent of late, the Maple Leafs have the stronger roster and better results and stats this season, plus they can also count on home-ice advantage. On that basis, the Maple Leafs are the tips on the Money Line odds to win this game.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs