Hockey betting expectations continue to fall for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they are in their normal spot of the basement and remain a poor hockey wagering value.
In one of the oldest rivalries in sports the Montreal Canadiens will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday with a starting time of 7 PM ET. The game will be telecast on NHLNET.
Montreal was leading the Northeast Division over the Boston Bruins and slowed down just a bit as December started with 6 payouts in 10 games from November 16 through December 4. Defense is what has been the key to the success of Montreal as they ranked 2nd overall with the hockey odds for goals against.
It was feared that Montreal would suffer a drop in goaltending production but Carey Price has answered the challenge with a stellar 1.96 goals against average and with a record of 16-9. Backup Alexander Ault has been almost as effective with a 2.01 goals against average.
The lineup was balanced as Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn had 9 goals while Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta had 8 goals each. Montreal went over the total in just 6 of their first 27 games.
Toronto won just 9 of their first 25 games with the NHL betting lines while going over the total just 8 times.
The Leafs ranked a dismal 29th overall for offense and fans were demanding a coaching change from embattled Ron Wilson but the problems are far deeper as general manager Brian Burke is yet to work the same magic that won him a Stanley Cup in the same role at Anaheim.
Montreal has lost their last 2 hockey betting matchups at Toronto with their last 3 road games against the Maple Leafs going under the total. Overall the Leafs have paid out in 3 of the last 4 meetings in this series with the Habs and Leafs going under the total in 5 of their last 6 matchups.
Montreal paid out in 7 of their last 10 road games with just 1 of those games going over the total. Toronto has paid out in 4 of their last 6 home games with just 2 of those games going over the total.