Toronto vs Montreal: prediction for the NHL fixture
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs looked great in the preseason and have won 5 out of 6 games. The Leafs played the last two games at home. In total, they scored ten goals against Montreal (6:2) and Ottawa (4:1).
A lot is expected of Auston Matthews, who is the club's top scorer. However, he has not fully recovered from his injury in will miss at least the first three games of the season. But even without Matthews, Toronto's attacking line looks very powerful.
The Montreal Canadiens are the runner-ups of the last Stanley Cup, and they certainly will try to keep that bar. This extra motivation should help the Canadiens gain momentum at the start of the new season.
However, Montreal didn't look impressive in the preseason games. They won only 2 matches out of 6. They were defeated by their today's opponents and suffered a home defeat from Ottawa (4:5). Jeff Petry had a good game though and scored a double.
In 4 out of 5 games against Montreal, Toronto scored in the third period.
In 3 out of 5 games against the Leafs, Montreal scored under 3 goals.
At home, Toronto are able to defeat Montreal even without Matthews. The Leafs looked solid in the preseason and have outplayed Montreal in one of the home games. Montreal make a lot of mistakes in their own zone, and Toronto's attacking line will definitely take advantage of that.
Our prediction - Toronto to win
The two sides have scored a lot against each other in the previous matches. We expect the opponents to score more than five goals in their first game of the new season.
Second wager - total over 5.5 goals
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