The NHL is set up with a solid night of action throughout May 29. Two games will be up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups will be between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. These two teams have been solid throughout this series and will look for a huge win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:30 PM Eastern on NBCSN.
Toronto finished out the regular season with a record of 35-14-7, which had them earn the top spot in the North Division. The Maple Leafs struggled to open up this series, but bounced back in a big way. Now Toronto will look to close out this series to move on to the second round for the first time since the 2003-04 season. I expect the Maple Leafs to come out strong in this one.
The Canadiens earned a record of 24-21-11 throughout the regular season, which had them in the fourth seed in the North Division. Montreal was up and down throughout the regular season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Canadiens have struggled to find any consistency in this series and will look to turn it around in Game 6. Montreal will look to build on their Game 5 win on Saturday night.
These two teams have played a solid series so far and will look for a big win in this one. The Maple Leafs were able to win three games in a row after losing Game 1. Toronto lost in overtime in Game 5 and will now look to close the series out on the road. Montreal will have fans for the first time this season in Game 6 and will look for that to give them the edge.
The Maple Leafs hosted the first two games of this series on May 20 and 22. Carey Price stopped 35 of 36 shots in the first meeting, while Paul Byron scored the game winning goal to give Montreal a 2-1 win. Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists in the second game. William Nylander added a goal and an assist as Toronto earned a 5-1 win to tie the series back up.
Montreal hosted the third and fourth game of the series on May 24 and 25. Jack Campbell stopped 28 of 29 shots in the third game as Toronto earned a big 2-1 win to take the series lead. Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists in the fourth game, while Alexander Kerfoot had three assists. Campbell earned a 32 shot shutout as Toronto won 4-0.
The fifth game of the season series shifted back to Toronto on May 27. Jake Muzzin had two goals in the third to tie the game back up and force overtime. Joel Armia had two goals on the night to help give the Canadiens an early lead. Nick Suzuki scored the overtime winner to help give Montreal the 4-3 win to stay alive in this series.
These two teams have met in a tight series so far and I expect an exciting tilt in Game 6. The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead in Game 5 of this series, but Montreal was able to save it with the win in overtime. Montreal will look to come out strong in Game 6 as they will have fans for the first time this season. The Maple Leafs will look to come out quickly as well as they try to book their spot in the second round.
Toronto was solid on the power play in the regular season, but struggled on the penalty kill. The Maple Leafs scored on 20 percent of their power play chances in the regular season. Toronto killed off 78.5 percent of their opponents power play attempts. The Maple Leafs have gone 3-17 on the power play in this series, which is a 17.7 percent success rate.
The Canadiens were not great on the power play or penalty kill throughout the regular season. Montreal capitalized on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. The Canadiens also killed off 78.5 percent of the penalties against them. Montreal has gone 0-14 on the power play in this series and will need to find a way to get the power play going in this game.
These two teams were not great on special teams throughout the regular season. The Maple Leafs have not been great with the man advantage in this series, but they are doing better than Montreal. The Canadiens have not broken through on Toronto’s penalty kill yet this series and will need to change that if they want to come back.
Jack Campbell will get the start in the crease for the Maple Leafs in Game 6. Campbell earned a record of 17-3-2 throughout his 22 starts in the regular season. He put up a save percentage of .921 and a 2.15 GAA in those games played. Campbell has earned a .944 save percentage and a GAA of 1.61 throughout this series.
Carey Price will get the nod between the pipes for Montreal on Saturday night. Price finished out the regular season with a record of 12-7-5 through 25 starts. He posted a .901 save percentage and a GAA of 2.64 in his starts. In this series so far, Price has a save percentage of .919 and a 2.66 GAA. He will look to put up another strong performance in this game.
These two goalies have played well throughout this series, but will look for a big win on Saturday night. Campbell has played even better in this series and the Canadiens will need to solve him in Game 6. Montreal was able to score more than two goals on Campbell for the first time this series in Game 5. The Canadiens will look to come out strong again in this one.
Montreal lost both games at home earlier in this series, but I think with home fans in this one, they could force a Game 7. The Canadiens are coming off a big win on the road in Game 5 and were finally able to solve Campbell. Montreal will look to come out hot at home in this one as they try to get the fans into it quickly.
BetOnline has Toronto listed as a -178 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Maple Leafs will win this game around 64 percent of the time. I think that this line is a little high with fans being in the building for the first time this season. I think that fans can add extra energy to this game. Montreal has played well in this series and as big underdogs, I am taking them to force a Game 7.