Canadiens face off versus Maple Leafs
The OVER has paid off for totals bettors in each of the last four games between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs as those teams meet again on Saturday night.
Montreal and Toronto last met on March 1, with the Canadiens pulling out a 4-3 win as a -122 favorite at home on the NHL betting lines. The Canadiens and Maple Leafs have split their four meetings so far this season with two victories apiece.
The Maple Leafs currently sport a record of 36-27-8. The Canadiens are 38-26-7. Betting totals have seen the Maple Leafs post a 38-30-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Canadiens have gone 24-37-10 against the number.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Canadiens listed earlier today as underdogs of 100 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.
This game puts the Maple Leafs, most recently No. 23 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Canadiens, who rate a No. 21 in the latest survey.
Montreal lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Blue Jackets on March 20. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at +119 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
The Maple Leafs were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -127 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 2.93 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.54 goals allowed. The Maple Leafs power play is averaging 20.45% while the Canadiens defense kills off 85.77% of their penalties.
A few Canadiens at Maple Leafs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Montreal's last 8 games when playing Toronto
Montreal is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Montreal's last 12 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Toronto is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Toronto's last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 8 games when playing Montreal
Montreal at Boston, Monday, March 24th
Toronto at New Jersey, Sunday, March 23rd