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Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Picks & Betting Tips – Maple Leafs To Win Season Opener

  • Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Tips for Wednesday, October 13
  • The puck is slated to drop at 19:00 ET at Scotiabank Arena
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    Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Picks & Betting Tips
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Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Picks & Betting Tips


Toronto can win its season opener against Montreal.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic division
  • The favorite is 26-12 in the last 38 meetings between Montreal & Toronto
  • Montreal Canadiens are 2-4 in its last 6 games

Head to Head 


Montreal has won three straight meetings against Toronto and defeated the Maple Leafs in opening round of the 2021 playoffs.

The Maple Leafs won the season-series a year ago 10-7 against the Canadiens, which includes winning 5 of 9 games in Toronto.

Montreal leads the all-time series 362-295-88-12.

Montreal Canadiens Form


Montreal is coming off a fantastic playoff run, losing in the Stanley Cup Finals to Tampa Bay, despite finishing the regular season fourth in the North division with a 24-21-11 record for 59 points.

The Canadiens have made the playoffs in two consecutive seasons.

The Canadiens went 11-10-7 on the road in 2020-21.

Montreal signed 22-year-old right winger Nick Suzuki to an eight-year, $63 million deal on Tuesday. Suzuki totaled 22 goals and 35 assist in 78 overall games last year.

The Canadiens added several key players this offseason, including C Phillip Danault, C Cedric Paquette, LW Mike Hoffman, D David Savard, D Chris Wideman and F Christian Dvorak.

Montreal loss its entire second line.  

The Canadiens won’t have star goaltender Carey Price (illness) along with defensemen Joel Edmundson (illness) and Shea Weber (injured reserve) for tonight’s game. Sami Niku (concussion), Mike Hoffman lower body and Paul Byron (hip) have also been ruled out. 

RW Cole Caufield, who is a 20-year-old speedster, tallied 12 points in 20 postseason games last year. 

Toronto Maple Leafs Form


Toronto has made the playoffs five straight years.

The Maple Leafs went 35-14-7 to finish with 77 points, which was good enough first place in the North division. Toronto to Montreal 4-3 in the first round of the playoffs last year.

The Maple Leafs went 18-7-3 at home last year. 

Toronto added several key players during the offseason, including forwards Nick Ritchie, Ondrej Kase, Michael Bunting along with C David Kampf and G Petr Mazerk.

The Maple Leafs lost LW Zach Hyman, Jared McCann (expansion draft), and G Frederick Andersen this offseason.

C Austin Matthews, who led the NHL with 41 goals last season, has an NHL-best 88 goals over the last two years.

C Mitchell Marner finished fourth in the league with 67 points last year, tallying 20 goals and 47 assists. He is currently dealing with an undisclosed issue and listed as day-to-day.

Verdict

Toronto is at home and the Maple Leafs would like nothing better than to start the season with a victory over their arch-rivals. Plus, the Maple Leafs are the healthier team and they do have goal scoring machine Austin Mathews.

Best Bet: Toronto Maple Leafs Moneyline @-175.44 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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