May 24, 07:30 p.m., Bell Centre
Toronto looks to put more pressure on Montreal.
While the Canadiens were heavy underdogs entering this first-round match-up, Montreal has stuck with Toronto for the majority of this series. However, the buds of Toronto have been able to capture two straight victories and currently lead the series, 2-1.
Looking back at game 3, Montreal peppered the Toronto goal with shots. If Montreal can continue to wear down Toronto’s defense, good things may come to the Canadiens.
Kicking off this BetPicks Prediction, I want to take a look at a wager that entices me. Total goals. Jack Campbell and Carey Price have been showstoppers in the blue paint, and I am banking on that to continue on Tuesday.
This NHL prediction relies solely on good goaltending, but I am fine with that.
Campbell has a .951 save percentage through 3 games, while Price has a .929. Price and Campbell have stood tall for the majority of this series. The total goals is listed at 5.5 -120 (10Bet) and I think taking the under will be smart. Despite how offensive-minded the Canadiens and Leafs have been, they are running into two hot goaltenders.
Price was lit up in game 2, but we’ve seen what he can do before. I wouldn’t worry about the 4 allowed goals. But if Toronto manages to rack up over 30 shots again, it could be a difficult night for Montreal.
Toronto is the obvious favorite entering game 4, but there is a case to be made for Montreal. As mentioned, the Canadiens are firing everything towards the goal. Campbell has been solid, but it’s incredibly difficult to be sharp when facing nearly 30 shots per game.
Montreal proved that timely scoring and stellar defense could win hockey games. If Montreal can do that, I see the Canadiens evening up this series.
However, I think Toronto is just a step ahead of Montreal which is why I think the Maple Leafs will take a 3-1 series lead.
BET ON TORONTO TO WIN