Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens, Saturday, Picks, Predictions, Las Vegas Odds and NHL Hockey Sports Betting

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Toronto at Montreal, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 14, 2017
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL.TV, NHL Network, CBC, TVAS
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
9-Toronto Maple Leafs +1½ -295 -101 Ov 5½ -123
10-Montreal Canadiens -1½ +250 -109 Un 5½ +112
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens will meet on the ice at Bell Centre on Saturday in a battle of division rivals.

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (3-1-0): Toronto has yielded 16 goals in four games, with goaltender Frederik Andersen on the hook for all of them while seeing his save percentage plummet to .871. “We’ve got some mistakes to clean up and we should be ready on Saturday,” the 28-year-old Dane said. “(Wednesday’s loss) showed the talent won’t always make up for the mistakes we make. We’ve got to learn to defend better.” The Maple Leafs were sluggish defensively to begin last season, permitting 3.6 goals per game over the first month.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (1-3-0): Coach Claude Julien dismissed the notion that the team is attempting to “bury” Alex Galchenyuk after the 23-year-old wing was demoted to the fourth line to play alongside Torrey Mitchell and Ales Hemsky. “Alex is having a tough start,” Julien said of Galchenyuk, who has yet to record a point in four games after signing a three-year, $14.7 million contract in July. “With the amount of ice time he’s had on the power play and everything else, it just doesn’t seem like he’s getting scoring chances right now. I have to do what I have to do as a coach and it’s certainly not indicative of him only because there’s other guys that we think can help produce as well and they’re not.” Galchenyuk missed practice on Friday with flu-like symptoms, with Julien noting it’s “too early” to know if he’ll play versus Toronto.

Oddsmakers opened the Canadiens as -161-moneyline favorites versus the Maple Leafs, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

The Montreal Canadiens have scored all of four goals in as many games this season and their power play has failed to convert on each of its 14 opportunities. Despite being outscored 11-2 during their current three-game skid, the Canadiens can point to the positive of holding a 14-game winning streak over the Toronto Maple Leafs heading into Saturday’s tilt between the Original Six rivals at the Bell Centre.

Montreal has outscored Toronto 46-27 during the suddenly one-sided series, with the Maple Leafs’ last win over the Canadiens coming on Jan. 18, 2014, and their last victory in the Bell Centre over four years ago (Oct. 1, 2013). Carey Price boasts an 11-0-0 mark with one shutout and a 1.88 goals-against average in his last 11 starts versus Toronto, but the 2015 Hart and Vezina Trophy winner has been blitzed for nine goals over his last 64 shots faced – including three in a 3-1 setback versus Chicago on Tuesday. While the Canadiens have struggled on offense, the Maple Leafs have had no such issue as they boast the top-ranked power play (8-for-24, 33.3 percent) and are averaging a staggering 5.5 goals per game. Defense is another issue and Toronto coach Mike Babcock said as much following a 6-3 setback to New Jersey. “Hockey’s fair. You get what you deserve and that’s what we deserved,” Babcock said.

In their last action, Montreal was a 3-1 loser at home against the Blackhawks. Bettors on Chicago at +116 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Toronto lost its last outing, a 6-3 result against the Devils on October 11. Bettors who backed the Devils at +163 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Toronto:
Team record: 3-1-0 SU
Toronto is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
Toronto is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Montreal:
Team record: 1-3-0 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Montreal is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Montreal’s last 15 games

Next up:
Toronto at Washington Tuesday, October 17
Montreal at San Jose Tuesday, October 17

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. Montreal D David Schlemko, who is sidelined with a hand injury, was sent to Laval of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint.

2. Toronto D Connor Carrick (upper body) told TSN he’s feeling better and should be able to play on Saturday.

3. Canadiens D Mark Streit cleared waivers on Friday and was sent to Laval.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Toronto Maple Leafs will win outright at -101 and the game will stay under 5½ goals according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 1 at .

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