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Dan Hunter 12 May 2021
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Toronto Maple Leafs @ Ottawa Senators Tips


The NHL North Division leaders the Toronto Maple Leafs will take on the Ottawa Senators for the ninth time when the two meet in an NHL regular-season game on Thursday, May 13. Toronto are currently 5-3 up on Ottawa and this will be their second-from-last regular-season game in 2021. In their final game of the season, the Maple Leafs will play the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. 

This will be the final game of the season for Ottawa, and unlike Toronto, they don’t have the playoffs to look forward to. The Senators are currently sixth in the seven-team, all Canadian NHL North Division, created specifically so that the Canadian teams didn’t have to travel across the US border during the pandemic. Right now Ottawa are above only the seventh-placed Vancouver Canucks, but as Vancouver have played four matches less than them, the Senators could yet finish bottom of the table.

Toronto have topped the North Division for most of the season, and have successfully repelled the sustained challenges of both the second-placed Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets in third. As the Maple Leafs’ points total of 76 puts them six points clear of the Oilers, they cannot now be caught and have won what could be the only NHL North Division.   

However, I’m backing the Ottawa Senators to spoil Toronto’s victory celebrations by defeating the Maple Leafs on Thursday in what is Ottawa’s final match of the season. To find out the reasons for this prediction, read on. 

  • Toronto top of NHL North Division 
  • Toronto 35-19 this season
  • Ottawa 6th in NHL North Division 
  • Ottawa 22-33 this season 

Head to Head


The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators have played each other a total of 96 times in NHL regular season games. Currently, Toronto lead this head-to-head by 51 wins to 45. In 10 meetings over the past two seasons, Toronto lead 7-3. The Maple Leafs and the Senators have played each other eight times in 2021, with the score currently 5-3 in Toronto’s favor. In their most recent encounter in March of this year, Toronto defeated Ottawa 6-5.

Toronto Maple Leafs Form


Historically, the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the greatest teams in NHL history, and their total of 13 Stanley Cup wins is second only to that of the Montreal Canadiens, who have lifted the trophy 24 times. Unfortunately, the last time Toronto enjoyed such success was in 1967. However as they have already won one trophy by topping the North Division, this could be their lucky year.  

Back in April, Toronto endured a five match losing streak that threatened to derail their entire season had it continued. However, the Maple Leafs proved what a great team they are this season by regaining their composure, and since then have gone 7-1. In their most recent match, Toronto defeated old rivals Montreal on Sunday 3-2.

Ottawa Senators Form


There is an old saying in English football that goes “the table doesn’t lie”, meaning wherever you are in your league is where you deserve to be. That certainly applies to the Ottawa Senators, who have lost 33 of the 55 matches they have played this season. Since reaching the playoffs in 2017, Ottawa have finished in the bottom two for four-straight seasons. 

And yet, had the Senators made a better start to this season, they might well have made the playoffs. Instead, by mid February they were already 2-13, and had established a losing mentality. Ironically since mid-April they have been as good as any team in the NHL, posting an 8-3 slate, although last time out they were beaten 6-1 by Calgary. 

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Verdict

The bookies currently have the Toronto Maple Leafs as fourth favourites at 8/1 to win what would be their first Stanley Cup since 1967. After the hiccup of losing five matches on the bounce, Toronto have rebounded well, and will head into the playoffs with a winning mentality.
 
However there will be no playoffs for the Ottawa Senators, and this will be their final match of the season. I’m backing Ottawa to go out with a bang by beating Toronto on Thursday. Despite their lowly league position the Senators are a decent team, as their three victories over the Maple Leafs this season would suggest.

Ottawa will defeat Toronto in a match that will feature around eight goals in total. The Senators’ no.1 hitman this season has been Brady Tkachuk, and I’m backing him to be my Anytime Goalscorer pick and improve on his tally of 17 goals scored.
Best Bet: Ottawa Winner @165.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Over 3.5 Ottawa Total Goals @190.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Under 3.5 Toronto Total Goals @100.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Brady Tkachuk Anytime Goal Scorer @225.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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