Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 2/20/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Maple Leafs (-108) Canadiens (-102)
Bell Centre is the venue where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (9-4-2) will play the Toronto Maple Leafs (13-3-2) on Saturday. The Canadiens open this game at -102 while the Maple Leafs are coming in at -108. The total has been set at 6.5.
The Maple Leafs were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 7-3 win against the Senators in their previous contest. When starting in the offensive zone they came in at 41.7% and they had a PDO of 112.1 for this one. They earned 24 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 17 attempts to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 29 and the Fenwick against finished at 49, giving them a Fenwick rate of 37.2%. The Corsi for the Maple Leafs sat at 35 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 60 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 36.8%. Toronto amassed 6 penalty minutes in this contest. Furthermore, they had 3 opportunities with more players on the ice and were able to notch 2 goals. The Maple Leafs had a impressive offensive output in the victory. In the game, they tallied a score on 7 out of the 31 shots they tried.
Toronto Maple Leafs opponents have earned 60 power play opportunities (4th in hockey) and have a total of 12 goals in those attempts. The Maple Leafs have had 511 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .906. Toronto has tried 529 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 12.7%. At even strength, the Maple Leafs let the opposition score 36 goals while having 49 as an offensive unit. Toronto has accumulated 52 power play opportunities and they have tallied 18 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 34.62%. For the current campaign, they sit with 28 points and their points percentage comes in at .778. In relation to their scoring, the Toronto Maple Leafs have notched 67 goals (1st in hockey) over the course of the season and have given up 48.
The player between the pipes for this game is Frederik Andersen. Andersen has been in goal for 384 contests throughout his hockey career. He has an overall mark of 223-95-47 and he started in 373 games. Opponents have notched 967 goals against Andersen in his professional career and his goals against average per contest is 2.63. Andersen has had 11,524 shots against him and has accrued 10,557 saves. His save percentage currently is at .916 for his 22,076 mins guarding the cage. In his professional hockey career, Andersen has 215 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .576.
When they were on the ice last, Montreal played the Maple Leafs in a matchup where the Canadiens ended up with the win by a final score of 2-1. Their PDO at even strength was 103 and their percentage of oZS was 36.0%. They had 1 power play attempt in this matchup but weren't able to notch a goal. Their Fenwick rate came in at 51.4% with a Fenwick of 37 and the Maple Leafs ending the game with a 35 Fenwick. The Canadiens notched 2 goals of the 25 shots on goal they were seeking. Montreal earned a 59.8% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Montreal played and you might say they will look for a better outcome in their next outing.
Montreal has tried 512 shots (8th in hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.16%, while allowing the other team 425 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 80.00% on their oppositions 60 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 91.1%. They have a total of 48 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 20.83%. The Canadiens have accumulated 42 goals at even strength and 10 goals (18th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 38 goals to be scored by way of 26 goals at even strength and 12 goals while they were shorthanded. On the season, the Montreal Canadiens have earned a total of 52 goals, 20 points, in addition to a points percentage of .667.
Across the ice you are going to see Carey Price defending the net. He has racked up 18,799 stops out of 20,495 shots taken, giving him a percentage of .917. Price holds a lifetime record of 353-252-76 and has participated in 691 games. He has started in 679 games and has played for a total of 40,774 mins. Price's quality start rate is 57.4% and he has qualified for 390 quality starts in his professional career. Opponents are averaging 2.50 goals/game and he has given up 1,696 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto (-108)
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