Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators will face each other in the NHL 2021-22 preseason on Saturday evening. The hosts have been excellent in this preseason, and they want to continue in the same fashion. The away side has a decent preseason campaign, and they are looking forward to starting the regular season in a good mood.
Toronto heads to this match after winning three times in a row. They were better than the Senators twice while beating the Canadiens in their latest clash. On the other hand, the Senators are at a 3-3 record, and they managed to win against the Canadiens after the penalty shootout last time. They already suffered two defeats against the Maple Leafs in the preseason, and the visitors want to bounce back with a victory.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Can they beat the Senators third time?
The Maple Leafs were the best team in the North Division last season, as they were five points ahead of the Oilers. They had a 35-14-7 record and headed to the playoffs from the pole position. Toronto was the most dominant team in the division, both offensively and defensively. However, the Canadiens stopped them already on the first step, in a very exciting tie played in seven games. Now they are back in the Atlantic Division, and the battle for the playoffs spot will be very exciting.
Toronto put an excellent display against the Canadiens in their latest match, and they deservedly celebrated a 6-2 victory. The Maple Leafs had a total of 44 shots while allowing only 22 attempts to their opponents. Petr Mrazek had a .909 save percentage, allowing two goals and logging 20 saves. Nick Ritchie scored twice in Toronto’s winning effort, while Ilya Mikheyev, Brennan Menell, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, and Brett Seney contributed with one goal each.
Expected Line-Up: Jack Campbell, Morgan Rielly, T.J. Brodie, Nick Ritchie, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner
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Ottawa Senators – Short Summary
Ottawa Senators come from a disappointing season, where they avoided the bottom of the Northern Division thanks to a good final five rounds. They ended one point ahead of the Canucks, and with a 23-28-5 record. The Senators were struggling defensively, and they conceded the highest number of goals in the division. They are back to the Atlantic Division now and will have a very tough challenge to fight for a playoffs spot.
The Senators are at a 3-3 record in the current preseason, but they lost on the previous two occasions against the Maple Leafs. Ottawa managed to beat the Canadiens after the penalty shootout last time, and they want to try celebrating once again. The Senators scored four goals from 32 attempts in a match full of turnarounds. Josh Norris netted twice in the Senators’ winning effort, while Shane Pinto and Chris Tierney added one goal each. On the other hand, Anton Forsberg didn’t have a good time between the sticks, as he had a .818 save percentage in that match.
Expected Line-Up: Anton Forsberg, Thomas Chabot, Nikita Zaitsev, Shane Pinto, Connor Brown, Drae Batherson
Expert Pick #1 – Toronto Maple Leafs to win ML @-132
The home side has been very good so far in the preseason, and they want to remain on the winning track. The Maple Leafs are candidates for the playoffs, and the hosts want to keep their confidence high. I believe they can beat the Senators for the third time in the preseason, and I’m taking them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @-130
Toronto has been pretty good in the offense so far in the preseason, while the Senators have been allowing too many goals. We might see an interesting clash and enjoy many goals. Therefore, I’ll take the Over as my second bet for this game.
Expert Pick #3 – Maple Leafs & Over 6.5 @+185
I want to generate bigger odds for my third pick, and combining the above two is the best option. If the Maple Leafs win and the game goes Over 6.5, including overtime or the shootout, we could get nice returns.