One of sport’s greatest rivalries will kick off the NHL season when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens at the Air Canada Center. The Leafs kick off a new era with new coach Mike Babcock at the helm and hope to rebound from yet another disappointing season that saw them finish second to last in the conference.
The Canadiens, meanwhile, finished second in the conference and are eyeing a Stanley Cup run. Oddsmakers give Montreal the 11th best odds in the NHL at capturing the Cup, while the Leafs rank a dreadful 28th. View those odds here.
Hockey fans might be surprised to hear that the Leafs have a slight edge in the series against Montreal over the past 25 years, going 55-52-5. Toronto has also started their past five seasons strong, going 4-1 in season openers, with the Canadiens going just 1-4.