Instead of the usual moneyline bets, we will focus our attention on the over/under goal totals lines in both the Panthers vs Maple Leafs game and the Canadiens vs Senators games.
Florida Panthers vs Toronto Maple Leafs – Total Goals Over 7 (-105)
Both of these teams rank top two in goals for in the league in the 2021-22 season. The Florida Panthers lead the league with 284 goals for, while the Maple Leafs sit second with 262. The Leafs also own the best power play in the league, while the Panthers‘ penalty kill sits 15th, which could lead to more goals.
Florida scored four-plus goals in each of their last four games, while Toronto has also scored five-plus goals in each of their last five games played. The Leafs asserted their dominance last night in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on the back of Auston Matthews’ hat trick despite being without William Nylander. This is the Leafs’ second game in as many nights so they will likely be the more tired of the two teams and will also be starting rookie goaltender Erik Kallgren in net.
This game has the feeling of a back-and-forth affair especially with the Atlantic Division standings being as tight as they are. Despite how high the total goals line is set, taking the over makes a lot of sense.
Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators – Total Goals Over 6 (-115)
The Senators are coming off back-to-back 5-2 victories both against the Detroit Red Wings. Montreal has also scored four-plus goals in three of their last five games played. Josh Norris is coming off a hat trick performance and has been a catalyst offensively for the Senators who otherwise lack scoring punch.
The Canadiens won both previous matchups against the Sens this season with 2-1 and 5-1 victories. With the loss of Thomas Chabot, the Senators lack a true number one blueliner, which puts a lot more pressure on the goaltenders to keep them in games. The Senators also have six players who are in double digits in goals this season compared to the four on the Canadiens side.
Despite Montreal being tied for last in the league in goals for and the Senators not really doing much better at 27th in the league, there are usually a lot of goals in an all-Canadian matchup. Montreal is allowing the second-most goals against in the league, while the Senators rank 12th in goals against.
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