Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/21/2014
Saturday, March 22, 6:00 PM on CBC, RDS, NHL
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs came to play the Montreal Canadiens, they may of thought they had an advantage with Montreal starting goalie Carey Price out. He had a separated groin injury he suffered helping Canada earn a gold medal in the Olympics. But the unfortunate news for the Maple Leafs was that backup goalie Peter Budaj was adapting to his temporary starting role quite well. Budaj had two wins and an overtime loss coming into the match up. He played well again making 22 saves helping the Canadiens to a 4-3 win over Toronto.
The Canadiens got off to a two goal lead in the first with goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty had two goals in the game including a game winner in overtime. Late in the first, Toronto found a way to get on the board with a goal from James van Riemsdyk, who also had two goals in the game.
The second period had no goals, but the third brought up another goal from Montreal's Riemsdyk at the 5:28 mark. Then Toronto would strike again with a Phil Kessel goal, who also had an earlier assist. After that, penalties became a problem for the Maple Leafs. Halfway through the third, P.K. Subban would score off of a power-play, tying the game up and sending it into overtime. There the Maple Leafs would get another penalty which lead to a Pacioretty score and the end the game.
Montreal is 18-16 straight up on the road this season
Montreal is 12-18-4 against the over/under on the road this season
Toronto is 22-13 straight up at home this season
Toronto is 21-13-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
10/17/13 D Davis Drewiske Shoulder out 5-6 months
03/20/14 LW Brandon Prust Ribs questionable
03/15/14 LW Michael Bournival Concussion out indefinitely
03/11/14 D Josh Gorges Hand expected to miss 4 weeks
03/19/14 D Paul Ranger Upper Body questionable
03/15/14 GO Jonathan Bernier Groin expected to miss a week
02/27/14 C David Bolland Ankle out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Tony Sink
Get all of Tonight's NHL Picks.
Get all of Tonight's guaranteed Expert NHL Picks.