Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators

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After a three-game series against the Winnipeg Jets, the Toronto Maple Leafs will travel to Ottawa to face the Senators. The Senators are coming off 3 tough losses to the Edmonton Oilers and hope to return to the win column but have been the worth team in the North Division this season. The Maple Leafs meanwhile, lost 2 of the last 3 games but have looked like the best team in the North Division this season and have many people thinking that this is the year they will finally hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967.

Maple Leafs are led by strong offense

The Maple Leafs have one of the best teams in years with little to no weakness on their roster. The offense, in particular, has been electric this season led by arguably the best goal scorer in the NHL in Auston Matthews who has 21 goals this season. Along with Mitch Marner and William Nylander, who both have 11 goals this season, the Maple Leafs have found scoring from the entire lineup with John Tavares and Zach Hyman scoring 8 each plus Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza, and Jimmy Vesey scoring 5 goals each.

While the offense is doing more than enough to lead the way, the defense has also played well this season with two great pairings on that end. TJ Brodie and Morgan Reilly have combined for 4.1 defensive point shares and 68 blocked shots while Justin Holl and Jake Muzzin have combined for 3.3 defensive point shares. In addition, Fredrik Anderson has been a force as the starting goaltender, saving .902 percent of shots and allowing only 2.7 goals per game.

Senators defense has been awful this season

The Senators have been the worst team in the North Division and one of the worst teams in the NHL this season with only 9 wins in the first 30 games. The defense has been the team’s downfall this season as they allow a mind-boggling 4 goals per game. The entire unit has been a mess this season and the starting goaltender, Matt Murray, is not only playing poorly, allowing 3.8 goals per game, but also being overworked, starting 20 of the games this season.

Aside from the defense struggling, the offense hasn’t played much better this season, scoring only 2.5 goals per game. Brady Tkachuk has led the way with 10 goals while Evgenii Dadonov and Drake Batherson have 9 goals each but the rest of the unit has struggled to find the back of the net.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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This looks like one of the more lopsided matchups in the NHL season thus far and it is intriguing as a result to bet on the Senators to receive great odds with an upset. However, the Maple Leafs are a better team in every facet of the game than the Senators and should be able to win this game easily as a result. The Maple Leafs should be able to pile on the goals with the top line with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner leading the way and the defense should be able to eliminate Brady Tkachuk and a struggling Senators offense. The Maple Leafs should win this game and cover the spread in a dominating victory.

Prediction:
Maple Leafs -1.5 (-121)

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The Senators have struggled offensively this season and could potentially get shut out by the Maple Leafs. However, the Maple Leafs offense should be able to pile on the goals in this game with Matthews and Marner leading the way. Along with the top line for Toronto, the depth scorers in Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza should be able to find the back of the net to help run up the score. While the Leafs might be ahead for most of the game, the Senators should find the back of the net at least once whether it be from Brady Tkachuk or Tim Stutzle. The Over should be able to cover with both offenses thriving in this game and the Maple Leafs particularly playing well.

Prediction:
Over 6.5