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Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Prediction, Pick, and Preview 4/9/2022

The Montreal Canadiens takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs on 4/9/2022 at 07:05 PM.

Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs face off today. The Montreal Canadiens has a record of 20.0-40.0 this season. The Toronto Maple Leafs is 46.0-19.0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Montreal Canadiens Team Defense Preview




They give up 2.8 goals per game in even strength situations, they are below average on the defensive end. Opponents shoot 0.9 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and that is a cause for concern. Opponents force Montreal Canadiens into 3.4 penalty kill situations per game, which means they may be too aggressive or wrongfully aggressive. They have a penalty kill rate of 74.17%, which is among the worst in the NHL.

Opponents take 34.6 shots per game regardless of situation, this needs to be corrected now and they are among the worst in the NHL at goaltending right now.

Montreal Canadiens Team Offense Preview

They score 2.1 goals per game in even strength situations. They have a below average offense by NHL standards. They score 0.4 goals per game in power play situations, the power play is a problem and they are among the worst when opponents are shorthanded. Thus far, they have had 3.1 power play opportunities per game this season. This means that they score on 13.7% of their shots on the power play, which is pathetic.

They take 29.6 shots per game regardless of situation. They are not getting enough shot attempts as they would probably like and they are among the least efficient shooting teams in the NHL so far this season.

Toronto Maple Leafs Team Defense Preview

They give up 2.5 goals per game in even strength situations. Opponents shoot 0.5 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this is a sign of strength. Opponents force Toronto Maple Leafs into 2.8 penalty kill situations per game and they have kept penalties down relative to the rest of the NHL. They have a penalty kill rate of 83.17%, which is average.

Opponents take 30.7 shots per game regardless of situation. They are doing an above average job denying shot attempts in volume and they are below average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Toronto Maple Leafs Team Offense Preview




They score 2.8 goals per game in even strength situations. They have an above average offense in 5v5 action. They score 0.8 goals per game in power play situations. They are an above average team when they have an advantage. Thus far, they have had 2.7 power play opportunities per game this season and this would be considered below average, it may improve though. This means that they score on 30.21% of their shots on the power play, which makes them a pretty tough team on the power play.

They take 34.7 shots per game regardless of situation, they are getting their share of shot attempts and their shot quality is rather decent.

The Montreal Canadiens Roster

The Players to Watch for Montreal Canadiens

Nick Suzuki C

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -23.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 19 goals this season, he is a scoring threat and he has 34 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 53 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 11.4% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Alexander Romanov D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -2.0 this season, his impact has not necessarily been positive yet. He has scored 3 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 9 assists this season, he is not as engaged as a distributor. This puts him at 12 points this season, he is a below average offensive contributor. He makes 3.2% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Ben Chiarot D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -18.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 7 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 11 assists this season, he is not as engaged as a distributor. This puts him at 18 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 7.3% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.





The Toronto Maple Leafs Roster

The Players to Watch for Toronto Maple Leafs

Morgan Rielly D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 11.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 10 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 51 assists this season, he is among the best in the NHL at setting up teammates. This puts him at 61 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the division. He makes 5.3% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

T.J. Brodie D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 20.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 4 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 20 assists this season. This puts him at 24 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 6.8% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Auston Matthews C

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 14.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 56 goals this season, which is among the best in the NHL and he has 41 assists this season, he is a strong distributor. This puts him at 97 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the NHL. He makes 17.8% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Montreal Canadiens 1 Toronto Maple Leafs 3

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