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Toronto Vs Montreal Showdown On Saturday Night

Toronto Vs Montreal Showdown On Saturday Night

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The headliner for Canadian hockey fans on Saturday evening is the 2nd meeting of the year between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.

Toronto took the first meeting 4-3 in OT back in mid-October and the Habs would love to even up the score. Montreal has been playing much better hockey of late - even with a loss to the brutal Arizona Coyotes on Thursday - and are definitely worth a look here.

Depending on the odds that sportsbooks put out, I'd suggest looking at Montreal on the ML, especially if they are home underdogs. That should be the case with Toronto coming in on a five-game winning streak, and Montreal now losing three of their last four. But the Canadiens are a much different team then the one the Leafs saw a month ago, and anything over +130 for Montreal and I wouldn't hesitate on that play. 

Calgary And Edmonton With Early Body Clock Starts

Hockey players are creatures of habit and ever since the league went to putting more and more afternoon games on the weekend for television purposes, typically the quality of play struggles. That's especially true for Western teams like Calgary and Edmonton who have 1pm and 2pm EST starts on the road on Saturday.

Converted back to their local time zones, that's 11am and 12pm start times for the players who are accustomed to the Mountain time zone, so bettors may want to look to avoid the two Alberta teams here. Another way to attack these games is to look at the total and side with the 'under' as sleepy players aren't likely to have the same energy or aggressiveness as they would for a normal start time.

Vancouver Continuing Their Tumble Down The Standings

The Canucks welcome a St Louis Blues team concluding a three-game trek through Western Canada in the late game on Saturday night, and the Canucks better bring their A game if they want to get back in the win column. After the hot start Vancouver had, they've now lost six of their last nine games overall with a 5-2 loss to Las Vegas on Thursday night, and this is their last game at home for awhile.

After hosting the Blues, Vancouver heads out on a six-game road trip out East to deal with the bulk of the Metropolitan Division and they'll likely be underdogs in all of those contests. Vancouver will be listed as home dogs vs the Blues and may be worth a look if the price is right, but continuing to fade this team for the rest of the month should be your initial leans on Canucks games going forward.

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