In this betting guide, the heavyweight Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs face off, while the bottom of the division plays out the season and gets a better look at the future in their lineups.
Florida Panthers (-155) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (+125)
This should be a highly entertaining and high-scoring game between first and second place in the top-heavy Atlantic Division. The Panthers have already locked up the Eastern Conference and look to lock up the Presidents’ Trophy after the Colorado Avalanche lost last night.
The Maple Leafs have a very tough challenge ahead, especially if Auston Matthews remains out of the lineup. The Panthers have won 10 in a row at home for the second time this season and are a league-best 33-6 in their building. They have also won 12 games in a row and look to take advantage of a shorthanded Maple Leafs who just got run over by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Despite not having their top goal-scorer for the past few games, the Maple Leafs have won four of the past five, but three of them have been against non-playoff teams. Jonathan Huberdeau and the Panthers look to continue rolling and reach history with some more points. Take the Panthers and the over (O7, -130) in this game.
Ottawa Senators (-160) vs Montreal Canadiens (+135)
The Senators, as they typically do, have heated up near the end of the season. They are 4-1-1 in the past six and have kept their losses close. Drake Batherson has been back for a while but they are still without Thomas Chabot for the remainder of the season. But that’s alright because they have had a chance to see Erik Brannstrom step into a bigger role and hopefully reach the potential they thought he could when the team acquired him.
They welcome the Canadiens who have been unable to win games of late. The team has lost seven consecutive games and six by two or more goals. The majority of those losses have also been against non-playoff teams. Carey Price is 0-3 on the season and has gotten very little help in front of him. Take the Senators, but this game also presents an opportunity to take them on the puck line as well (+155) for much better odds.
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