The Montreal Canadiens will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup Saturday night from the Bell Centre. The Maple Leafs are coming off a 5-4 road win over the Senators, and the Canadiens cruised to a 5-2 home win over the Jets on Thursday night. The Maple Leafs tallied a 3-2 overtime home win in the lone meeting against the Canadiens this season.
Maple Leafs Edge Senators for Third Straight Win
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be aiming for their fourth consecutive victory in this one. Toronto is coming off a hard-fought 5-4 home win over the Senators on Wednesday night. Auston Matthews found the back of the net for his 24th goal of the season in the winning effort. The 21-year old star center has tallied four points in his last four games, and he is up to 47 points in 39 games on the season. Matthews has two goals in one game against the Canadiens this season.
Leafs’ point leader Mitch Marner collected another two assists in Wednesday’s win against Ottawa. The speedy 21-year old center continues to produce at a rapid pace, and he has accumulated 45 assists on the season to go with 20 goals in 53 games. Toronto now embarks on a six game road trip. They stand at 16-6-2 on the road this season.
The Maple Leafs are expected to send Frederik Andersen between the pipes in this battle. The 29-year old goalie allowed four goals against the Senators on Wednesday, and overall he is having a strong year, posting a 2.56 GAA and a .923 save percentage accompanied with a 24-11-2 record. Toronto is scoring an average of 3.6 goals, good for third in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 2.8 goals, placing them ninth in the NHL.
Canadiens Stay Hot With Win Against Jets
The Montreal Canadiens will conclude a seven game home stand in this one. They stand at 4-1-1 on their home stand which included a big 5-2 home win over the Jets on Thursday night. Jonathan Drouin continued his red-hot play with two goals and two assists in the winning effort. The 23-year old center is unstoppable right now, collecting nine points in his last three games, and he is up to 46 points on the season.
Canadiens’ point leader Max Domi has been held off the scoresheet for two straight games. The fourth-year center is having a remarkable season in his first year with Montreal, accumulating 47 points on the season. Domi recorded two points against the Leafs in the lone meeting this season. Montreal continues to exceed expectations, and they own an 8-2 record in their last 10 games, and they are 17-10-3 on home ice.
Montreal will likely have Carey Price guard the cage for this divisional battle. The 11-year veteran net minder is playing well, and he is sporting a 2.52 GAA and a .916 save percentage accompanied with a 23-13-4 record. Montreal is scoring an average of three goals per game, ranking them 13th in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 2.9 goals, pegging them 12th in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens are:
- 0-5 in their last 5 games against the Maple Leafs.
- 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games.
- 5-14 in their last 19 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are:
- 11-0 in their last 11 games playing on two days of rest.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
- 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record