Maple Leafs vs Canadiens Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/8/2020
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Maple Leafs (+127) Canadiens (-140)
Michael Hutchinson and the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-19-7, 4th in the Atlantic Division) travel to Bell Centre on Saturday where they'll take on the Montreal Canadiens (26-23-7, 5th in the Atlantic Division). The Maple Leafs open this contest at +127 while the Canadiens are priced at -140. The over/under has been set at 6. The Maple Leafs are covering 50.9% of the time, having gone 27-26 SU. The Canadiens are covering 42.3% of the time, going 22-30 straight up.
The Toronto Maple Leafs head into this matchup holding a record of 28 wins and 19 losses, which is good for 4th in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 193 goals which is 3rd in the East and 3rd in the league. Their goal differential is +16, which is good for 8th in the league. The Maple Leafs currently have a total of 63 pts, which is 14th in the league and 10th in the conference. In discussing shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,815 which is 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league. As a group, Toronto currently has a total of 861 hits which means they have an average of 15.9 per game. They currently have a total of 583 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for Toronto is Michael Hutchinson from Tyumen, Russia. He is 29 years old and has played a total of 787 minutes defending the net for the campaign. Hutchinson is giving up an average of 3.66 goals per contest which places him at 32nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 66th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 48 goals. He has a save % of .886 which places him at 31st among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were on the losing side of the ice with a 5 - 3 loss against the New York Rangers in their last contest. The Maple Leafs had a middle of the road offensive performance in this defeat. For this game, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 30 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 2 power play chances and were able to notch 1 goal out of those attempts. Toronto earned a total of 11 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Maple Leafs sat at 62 and the Corsi against at even strength was 50 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 55.4%. Their Fenwick was 42 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 43, giving them a rate of 49.4%. They earned 28 face-off wins and lost 29 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 51.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 91.3 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the New York Rangers racked up 35 shots. They had a total of 11 penalty minutes and they notched 2 power play chances.
The Canadiens are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 26 wins and 23 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they rank 12th in the conference and 20th in the league with 0. They have earned a total of 171 goals for the season which ranks them 7th in the East. Montreal has a team save percentage of .903 which currently has them ranked 16th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.8% ranking them 13th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price who is having an ok year by allowing 2.73 goals against average and that ranks him 14th among Eastern Conference goalies and 23rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,660 mins he has played this season, he's given up 121 goals. He holds a save % of .912, which puts him at 13th among Eastern Conference goalies and 27th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Montreal Canadiens squared up with the Anaheim Ducks in a matchup where the Canadiens ended up with the victory by a mark of 3 - 2. In this game, Montreal wound up with a 48.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 43 and their opponent having a Corsi of 46. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 42.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 28 and the Ducks earning a 38 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Montreal played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their PDO was 103.1 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 37.5%. The Canadiens netted 3 goals of the 27 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play attempts in this game and were able to notch 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding their opponent, the Ducks had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Montreal gave way to 37 shots on goal and the Ducks ended up with a total of 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto (+127)
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