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Maple Leafs at Canadiens: What bettors need to know

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (-155, 5)

Phil Kessel can head to Montreal to face the Canadiens with some confidence on Saturday after the Toronto Maple Leafs' forward finally scored his first goal of the season. Kessel scored the winning goal against Winnipeg on Thursday to give the Maple Leafs their second consecutive win and third straight on the road, where Toronto is 5-1-0 this season. The Maple Leafs started their season with a 2-1 win in Montreal, but the Canadiens recovered from that loss to win six of their next seven games. Montreal is winless in its last two.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is 6-2-0 in eight starts with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. Price has allowed two goals in each of his losses, while backup Peter Budaj is 0-1-1 in his two starts and has yielded nine goals. Toronto goaltender James Reimer has started six of the last seven games, winning the starting job over Ben Scrivens, who stopped 21 shots in the season-opening win in Montreal. The Canadiens are 2-1-1 with defenseman P.K. Subban in the lineup. Subban has a point in each of his first four games this season.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NHL Network (U.S.)

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (6-5-0, 4-7 over/under):
Kessel has a team-high 46 shots on goal. James van Riemsdyk and Matt Frattin are tied for the club lead with six goals apiece, while Nazem Kadri leads the team with nine points. Rookie defenseman Mike Kostka has one assist in his last eight games after notching a helper in each of his first three NHL games. Cody Franson leads all Maple Leafs defensemen with five points, while captain Dion Phaneuf has 26 hits and 19 blocked shots.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (6-3-1, 5-5 over/under):
Tomas Plekanec scored twice on Thursday and leads the team with six goals. Defenseman Andrei Markov is tied with Plekanec for the team lead with 10 points. All of Markov’s points have come on the power play, where Montreal is 13-for-55. Defenseman Raphael Diaz has nine assists on the season, but only one in his last four games. Defenseman Josh Gorges has blocked 29 shots, 11 more than anyone else on the team. Max Pacioretty has six assists in as many games but no goals on 16 shots.

TRENDS:

* Under is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings.
* Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last five meetings in Montreal.
* Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Montreal.
* Road team is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Toronto C Leo Komarov is second in the league with 40 hits, behind Montreal D Alexei Emelin (42).

2. Maple Leafs C Mikhail Grabovski, who was drafted by Montreal in 2004, has 18 points in 25 career games against his former team.

3. Canadiens D Tomas Kaberle, who played 878 games for the Maple Leafs after they drafted him in 1996, has yet to record a point in eight career games against his former team.

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