Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Hockey Betting Preview
The 2018 NHL hockey betting season kicks off next week. Naturally, NHL sportsbook players have begun to size up this year’s action, looking for the best matchups to wager on right out of the gate. One pairing that fits that bill is this upcoming Wednesday’s Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs matchup. The Maple Leafs are coming off a successful season that ended in disappointment once the postseason begun. The Canadiens on the other hand, failed to make the playoffs last season and will be looking to get working on that goal straight away. So, what kind of turnout are the sportsbook betting odds predicting for this inaugural contest?
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – Wednesday, October 3rd
When: 7:00pm ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NHL TV
NHL Hockey Betting Odds:
The Canadiens finished last year’s action with a 29-40-13 record. That performance was unquestionably a massive let down considering the team had finished 1st in the Atlantic the previous year. But instead of building on that success, the Canadiens fell to 6th in the Atlantic and 14th in the Eastern. However, judging but the type of success they’ve enjoyed in the preseason, Montreal should be able to turn a new leaf in 2018. No doubt the club is hoping that leaf turns out to be the Maple Leafs this upcoming Wednesday. All in all Montreal was extremely busing this offseason engaging in a total of 9 different trades. On top of that, the club acquired the likes of Kenny Agostino, Michael Chaput, and Tomas Plekanec and many more.
Players to Watch: Brendan Gallagher (31 G, 23 A, 54 PTS), Alex Galchenyuk (19 G, 32 A, 51 PTS), and Jonathan Drouin (13 G, 33 A, 46 PTS).
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs found plenty of success last season, turning in a 49-26-7 record. That record saw them finish 3rd overall in the Atlantic and 4th in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately for Toronto, they would be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Bruins. At the very least the club was able to stretch that series to all 7 games. This time around the club is hoping to finish even higher in the divisional ladder. This offseason saw Toronto engage in 3 different trades, picking up a variety of draft picks. The team lost 10 players to free agency but was able to bring in 5 new additions. That includes Adam Cracknell, Josh Jooris, Jordan Subban, John Tavares, and Tyler Ennis.
Players to Watch: Mitch Marner (22 G, 47 A, 69 PTS), Auston Matthews (34 G, 29 A, 63 PTS), and William Nylander (20 G, 41 A, 61 PTS).
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Predictions
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Picks
So which side should mobile betting fans take in Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs matchup? Since this is the first matchup of the season, it’ll be tough to predict. However, since they’re coming off a better season and are playing at home, Toronto seems like the better choice here. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 4-2 Toronto.