Maple Leafs Hope To Build Some Momentum
WIth eight games left in the regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators are heading in opposite directions in this fourth and final meeting.
The Maple Leafs have clinched their ticket to the playoffs and currently sit second in the Atlantic Division with 102 points. The Senators have been eliminated from the playoffs and hold the seventh spot in the Atlantic with 62 points.
Maple Leafs Love Scoring
The Maple Leafs have been a fun team to watch on offense, especially when you have a guy like Auston Matthews, who is on the verge of a 60-goal season. Toronto is currently second in goals scored with 284, averaging 3.84 goals per game. In their last five games, they have outscored that average by scoring 22 goals for a 4.40 goals per game average and 5.20 in their last 10 games.
Matthews has been held without a goal in his last two games, so he will be firing the puck from anywhere as he is two goals shy of 60 goals. Matthews will look for help from linemate Mitch Marner who has seven points in his last five games. Others like John Tavares and William Nylander will also continue getting into the mix as they have seven and six points in their last five.
The Maple Leafs continue to struggle on the defensive end as they have allowed 20 goals in their last five games for 4.00 GAA. That is above their season average of 3.08 GAA, which has them 18th in the league. With Jack Campbell likely getting the start, look for their GAA to go back down as he has maintained 2.73 GAA this season.
Senators Continue To Build for the Future
With the Ottawa Senators eliminated from the playoffs, it is now time for them to focus on building their future. Young guys like Brady Tkachuk, Josh Norris, and Tim Stutzle are the bright spots in the Senators lineup as they all have over 50 points, which exceeds all of their career highs. Eached scored in Thursday night’s win over the Boston Bruins, so look for them to continue leading the Senators crew.
While they have bright spots on the offense in individual play, as a team they are 26th in goals scored per game with 2.80. Their goaltending has also been a weak spot this year. They currently sit in 22nd in GAA with 3.20. Allowing more goals than you are scoring is never good.
Maples Leafs vs Senators Head-to-Head
The most recent game between these teams ended in a 6-0 victory for the Maple Leafs that included a two goal game from William Nylander.
In the three meetings between these Atlantic teams, the Maple Leafs are 2-1 against the spread, and the goal total has gone under in two of the three games.
Maples Leafs vs Senators Game Information
- Game: Maple Leafs (48-20-6) and Senators (28-40-6)
- Location: Canadian Tire Centre
- Day/Time: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NHL TV
Maples Leafs vs Senators Betting Lines
Maples Leafs vs Senators Prediction
The current NHL betting lines for this game have the Toronto Maple Leafs as the moneyline favorite at -280. With how dominant the Maple Leafs offense has been and in their last five games, you can expect a lot of scoring from this team.
The Ottawa Senators have struggled on both ends of the ice and are allowing more goals than scoring, which never leads to a victory. With Toronto getting into playoff form and Matthews looking to end his two game goal drought, the team to back is the Maple Leafs.
Look for the Maple Leafs to improve on their defensive struggles and continue dominating on offense. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Maple Leafs -1½ as they hope to win this game by two or more goals.