The NHL is back on the schedule on Wednesday as the Montreal Canadiens will clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. The Maple Leafs were the better team last season as they won all four games against the Canadiens.
Montreal Canadiens Form
The Canadiens had a poor season last year as they have missed a playoff spot. It was the second time in the last 3 years that the Habs were not able to secure a place in the postseason. They will need to improve this year if they want to get back into the top teams. However, that will be a very hard task as they have lost Max Pacioretty – one of their better players in recent years.
The Habs got some new talented players such as Max Domi, Tomas Tatar and Jesperi Kotkaniemi but it will take time to get the team adjusted to the new faces. This could result with a slow start for the Habs again or certainly, it will be challenging.
Toronto Maple Leafs Form
The Maple Leafs had a good season and they showed some character in the playoffs. They fought till the end as they were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in game seven of the series. The Maple Leafs is a team that has a lot of potentials and it will be interesting to see how they will in the opening weeks this season. They will be without one of their best players last season lose James van Riemsdyk, who scored 36 goals last season. On the other hand, the Leafs signed Tavares which is one of the better players in the NHL
The Habs have some new faces in the team and they have lost some notable players before the start of this season. They had a poor season last year and they will aim to improve this year. On the other side, the Maple Leafs are one of the better teams and surely one of the best Canadian teams in the NHL. I think that the Leafs will have the edge in this game as they stayed more compact during the summer break. I expect a Maple Leafs win in this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on 10/03/2018
is: Take the Toronto Maple Leafs -225 (money line bet)
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