The Canadiens and Maple Leafs’ rivalry gets reignited tonight at the ACC in Toronto. It’s been a one-sided affair in favor of the Canadiens in the head-to-head series. In fact, the Habs have downed the Maple Leafs a total of thirteen straight games. The latest coming in January, a 5-3 decision that worked against the Leafs. There is going to come a day where things start to even out.
The Leafs are quickly becoming a relevant team, while I am not entirely sure what the future holds for the Canadiens. I can say one thing about the Canadiens regarding the now. If they want to hold tight and do nothing at the trade deadline, they aren’t going to do anything in the playoffs.
The Habs got off to a monster start this season, the same as last season. They fell off a cliff following the injury to Carey Price, and while they haven’t reverted to that bad of play, they’ve been struggling mightily of late. Note that the Canadiens have lost four of five games, including a record of 2-8 in their last ten contests. Their overall record has slid, as they enter Toronto with a record of 32-21-6. Nothing wrong with that, but the Canadiens were looking far better just a month ago.
The Maple Leafs are going to find themselves in a dog fight for the playoffs. It’s going to be close, but we’ll see what transpires the rest of the way. They are barely holding on to a playoff seed right now. However, just one day could put them on the outside. It’s going to provide an exciting race to the finish for the Leafs.
A win tonight against the Canadiens would be a nice way to get one money off their backs. Let’s see if the Leafs can snap the thirteen-game losing streak against the Habs tonight. Head below to get our Saturday night Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs pick.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Pick
The Canadiens collapsed last season after Carey Price went out. This season the Canadiens will have nothing to blame if Price stays healthy and they continue this downward pattern. We hope that our pick tonight isn’t a reflection of how bad the Canadiens have been of late. In their last ten games, the Canadiens have scored an average of only 1.30 goals per game. Likewise, they’ve been abysmal on defence, with 3 goals allowed per game. Price has watched his GAA fall all the way to 2.43, as well as his save percentage hit a low of 0.918 percent.
The Leafs went 4-6 in their last ten games, but it wasn’t because of the offence. Toronto averaged 3.20 goals per game, including a total of 10 goals scored in their last three games. In comparison, the Canadiens scored just 4 goals in their last three. Their last five games produced an average of only 1.2 goals per game. That is, well, atrocious.
I could see the Leafs finally ending this long-standing losing streak against the Canadiens. Tonight looks like a glorious opportunity to take advantage of the fumbling and stumbling Habs. I expect us to see an excellent effort from the Maple Leafs who have to be hungry to end this miserable drought against a rival. I like the Leafs in our Saturday night pick in the NHL.
PICK: MAPLE LEAFS TO WIN -115