Maple Leafs vs. Senators Odds, Preview, Prediction: Expect A Lot of Offense (October 14)
Claus Andersen/Getty Images. Pictured: Auston Matthews.
Maple Leafs at Senators Odds
|Maple Leafs Odds||-175|
|Over/Under||6 (-125 / +105)|
|Time||7 p.m. ET|
|TV||TSN5, RDS, TSN4|
|Odds via DraftKings. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.|
A night after opening their season with a stingy, 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the road for the Ottawa Senators’ first game of the season.
The Senators were frisky last season, finishing in sixth place in the North Division. They should be better this season as long as they sign forward Brady Tkachuk, who is holding out for a new contract, at some point.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs will play the second of three straight games without star center Auston Matthews. However, they rallied from a first-period deficit to claim their season opener in their first home game with fans since March 2020.
Expect Petr Mrazek to get the nod in goal in Toronto’s second game. Mrazek lost his starting role after fracturing his thumb but finished with a .944 save percentage and a team-best .871 high-danger save percentage in just 12 games. He might be less dominant behind Toronto’s defense.
The Senators should be young and exciting, with a roster full of high draft picks and questionable goaltending.
Ottawa was surprisingly competitive last season, particularly against Toronto. They will be without Tkachuk, though, who led the team with 36 points in 56 games last season, and Colin White, who will start the season on injured reserved.
Ottawa allowed the fifth-most goals in the NHL last season (190), including 4.4 per game in the nine matchups against the Maple Leafs last season.
Five Senators finished with 30-plus points last season and Ottawa also scored 32 goals against Toronto while winning four of their head-to-head games.
Maple Leafs vs. Senators Pick
Six of the teams’ nine matchups had seven or more goals last season, and I’d be tempted to take Ottawa to win if not for Tkachuk’s holdout.
But the over seems safe, even if it again moves to 6.5 as it did Wednesday, due to the offensive firepower, Ottawa’s goaltending and Toronto playing for the second straight night.
Pick: Over 6 (-125)
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