2021-04-07
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
League : NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction & Preview



 

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The Montreal Canadiens will go on the road and take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in a North Division battle. These two teams have faced each other four times this season with Toronto winning three out of the four games. The Canadiens have a record of 17-9-9. The Leafs have a record of 26-10-3.

 

Canadiens Have Won Four out of Last Five Games

The Canadiens have been playing well recently, winning four out of their last five games. They won their last game 3-2 against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Eric Staal, Tomas Tatar, and Josh Anderson each scored a goal. Carey Price stopped 21 out of 23 shots faced.

 

Montreal’s offense has been playing very well lately. They have scored three goals or more in seven out of their last eight games. The team ranks eighth in goals per game and scoring efficiency ratio, third in shots per game, and 15th in shooting percent. Jeff Petry is tied for third among defensemen in the league with 11 goals. Tyler Toffoli is tied for fourth in goals in the NHL.

Defense and goaltending has been inconsistent for the Canadiens recently. They have given up three goals or more in four out of their last seven games. The Habs rank 12th in goals against per game, eighth in shots against per game, and 18th in opponent shooting % and save %. Jake Allen has a record of 5-3-4 with a 2.23 GAA and a .922 SV%. He has given up three goals or less in eight out of his last nine starts. Carey Price has a record of 12-6-5 with a 2.66 GAA and a .903 SV%.

 

Leafs Have Won Four Straight Games

The Leafs have won four straight five games. Their last game was a 5-3 victory against the Calgary Flames on Monday. Auston Matthews scored two goals. John Tavares, Jason Spezza, and Wayne Simmonds each scored a goal. Jack Campbell stopped 26 out of 29 shots faced.

 

Offense has been excellent for the Leafs this season. They have scored three goals or more in seven out of their last 10 games. The team ranks fourth in goals per game and scoring efficiency ratio, eighth in shots per game, and fifth in shooting %. Mitchell Marner is fourth in points and Auston Matthews is the leading goal scorer in the league. The line combination of Matthews and Marner is one of the best and very difficult to stop.

On top of having a really good offense, defense and goaltending have been a strong point as well for the Leafs. They have given up three goals or less in each of the last eight games. The team ranks eighth in goals against per game, opponent shooting %, and save %, and sixth in shots against per game. Jack Campbell has a record of 9-0-0 with a 1.53 GAA and a .944 SV%. He has given up two goals or less in seven out of his nine starts. Campbell has recorded two shutouts in nine games started.






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