Ottawa Needs to Pickup Home Victory Against Toronto
It’s been a solid start for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators to open the NHL season. The Leafs enter this matchup with a record of 6–1–0, while the Sens own a 3–1–3 record. In the Atlantic Division, Toronto currently sits in the second spot and Ottawa is right behind their Ontario rival in the third spot.
Auston Matthews, Toronto’s offensive leader is known for his famous four-goal game against the host Senators last season. Matthews finished last season with 40 goals and 69 points and currently leads the Leafs with 10 points (6 goals) this season. Nazem Kadri has found a scoring spark as well for Toronto, racking up an even 4 goals and 4 assists so far. Goaltender Frederik Andersen owns a 5–1 record and 3.14 GAA. It is expected that Andersen will get the nod Saturday night. Toronto has allowed 22 goals in 7 games this season.
※Current Odds Date & Time: October 20th, 10:00 p.m. (EST)
Online bookmaker bet365 has the line at -1.5 +240 for Toronto and +1.5 -300 for Ottawa.
The Senators received a huge boost to the lineup when Captain Erik Karlsson returned from injury last week, but have failed to tally a win since his return. Kyle Turris currently leads the Senators in points with 8, and Derrick Brassard leads the team in goals with 4. It is expected that Craig Anderson will get the start at home. Anderson owns a 2–1 record and 2.40 GAA. Zack Smith left Thursday’s game due to an upper-body injury and it is uncertain if he’ll be in the lineup Saturday evening.
Home hasn’t been sweet for Ottawa this season. The Senators are winless at the Canadian Tire Centre in three games. However, two of those contests Ottawa has picked up a point in an Overtime loss and Shootout loss. Toronto is undefeated on the road, scoring 13 goals in 3 games. The Leafs are currently riding a 3-game winning streak, and Ottawa is on a 2-game losing streak.
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