Toronto posted a dominant 4-0 win in Game 4 on Tuesday, giving the team a 3-1 series lead heading into Thursday night’s game at Scotiabank Arena.
The Maple Leafs have shown their ability to play a strong two-man game this series, as Toronto led the Canadiens by a wide margin of 12-4. It continues a trend that has seen the Maple Leafs limit their opponents to two goals or less in 10 of their last 13 outings, including each of their last six home dates.
Now firmly in control of their first playoff clash with Montreal in 42 years, the Maple Leafs have also skyrocketed on NHL playoff prizes. Toronto is now among the massive -6500 favorites to finish the Canadiens on online sports betting sites, and remains among the favorites with a +500 bet on the Stanley Cup odds.
With nowhere to go but at the top, the Canadians see Thursday’s game as a +205 underdog. With Tuesday’s loss, Montreal have now lost eight of their last nine outings overall, while scoring just 15 goals overall during that streak. The Canadiens have also been terrible on the road since mid-February, missing 16 of their last 22 dates away from the Bell Center and not having scored more than two goals in 15 of those competitions.
However, a tendency to give up a lot of goals at times has contributed to mixed results in total bets during this time, with the OVER / UNDERs currently on an 8-8 run.
Unsurprisingly, the Canadians have also fallen dramatically on NHL playoff prices and Stanley Cup futures. Now on the brink of elimination in a playoff series against Toronto for the first time since 1967, the Canadiens have a distant +1325 odds to bounce back and bring down the Maple Leafs. Montreal also fell to the bottom of the Stanley Cup odds with a +10000 long shot.
Also on Thursday odds in the NHL, the Carolina Hurricanes travel to Nashville for Game 6 of their series as a -140 betting favorites. The Hurricanes hold a 3-2 lead in the series after claiming a 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday night. However, the Hurricanes were outscored 17-8 in four straight losses to the Predators, who enter Game 6 with +120 lost at home and as a +475 bet on NHL playoff prizes.