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Rival Leafs, Senators meet in Ottawa

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators will continue to jockey for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference on Saturday night as those teams hit the ice in NHL betting action.

The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in their past six games against the Senators dating back to last season, and 3-1 against Ottawa so far in the 2013 campaign. Totals bettors have seen the OVER/UNDER go 1-2-1 in Maple Leafs vs. Senators games this year.

The Senators sit at 23-14-6 on the season; in comparison, the Maple Leafs are currently 24-15-5. Looking to wager on the totals? Ottawa is 10-26-7 OU, and Toronto is 22-17-5 OU.

View Toronto vs Ottawa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Senators as -121 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 11 (Senators) and the No. 10 (Maple Leafs) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ottawa's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 2.5 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Senators power play is averaging 16.8% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 86.8% of their penalties.

Toronto lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Islanders on April 18. Bettors who backed the Islanders at +109 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Ottawa won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Capitals on April 18. Bettors who backed the Senators at -112 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Toronto Maple Leafs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing San Jose are 5-5-1
After playing NY Islanders are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Ottawa Senators Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Maple Leafs at Senators trends to consider:
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Ottawa
Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 5 games
Ottawa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, April 24
Ottawa home to Pittsburgh, Monday, April 22