Winner of six of the team’s last seven outings, Toronto is just one point away from claiming the North Division crown before Saturday night’s game at Scotiabank Arena.
The Maple Leafs won a decisive 5-2 victory over Montreal on Thursday and have now won three straight games at home. Toronto is also 6-2-1 in nine games with Montreal this season and has won seven of its last nine home games with the Canadiens, according to the OddsShark NHL database.
Toronto remains firmly positioned among the favorites on Stanley Cup odds, established as a strong plus-650 bet on betting sites. But despite their still strong game, the Maple Leafs can’t afford to look past Montreal in their last home game of the regular season.
Ready to clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the Canadiens enter Saturday’s game with more than 170 underdogs. The Canadians helped their own cause with their recent three-game winning streak at home, which included a narrow 3-2 victory over Toronto. However, Montreal has struggled on the road, posting wins in just five of 19 dates since mid-February and scoring just nine goals in total while losing four of its last five.
As the Canadians look to secure a post-season spot, the Winnipeg Jets will look to strengthen their grip on third-place divisional standings as they welcome the resurgent Ottawa Senators with heavy chalk at home under 190. The Jets snapped a disturbing seven-game slide with a 4-0 win in Calgary on Wednesday that devastated the Flames’ playoff hopes.
However, the Jets have earned only one victory in their last eight home dates, and could be in a tough spot against Ottawa, which sees Saturday as a bet of over 165. The Senators have saved a campaign disappointing thanks to a strong stretching streak, posting wins in eight of their last 11 games while giving up less than two goals per game during that span. However, the Senators have recorded just two wins in eight dates in Winnipeg since March 2016.
And later on Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers can clinch second place in the North Division standings with a win by welcoming the free-falling Vancouver Canucks as the under-240 heavy favorites. Edmonton has had wins in nine of its last 13 outings, but on Thursday night lost a 6-3 decision to the Canucks, who had lost each of their previous six games.