Leafs look to bounce back in rematch with Montreal

With the division crown still technically up for grabs and the season rapidly winding down, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to rebound from their Monday night overtime loss as they host the Montreal Canadiens for the second of three consecutive games later tonight.
While three of the four playoff positions in the North Division have been secured with Edmonton and Winnipeg punching their postseason tickets Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively, Montreal has yet to officially claim the last spot, despite sitting ten points clear of the fifth place Calgary Flames. A win against the Leafs tonight would drop Montreal’s magic number to a single point. The Leafs meanwhile, are still playing for the number one seed and assured home ice through the first two rounds. They need five points (either gained by them or lost by Edmonton, meaning a Toronto win and Edmonton loss tonight would drop the number to one) to secure their first division crown since the 1999/2000 season.
The key focus over the past few days for Leafs fans has been the health of Nick Foligno, who left Monday night’s game late in the second period with what was revealed to be an upper body injury. …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation

All-Canadian Preview: The Montreal Canadiens are a wild-card

The Canadian Division is a sandwich.

As I said yesterday, it’s a clear bet that the Ottawa Senators wind up at the bottom of the group, and I also think it’s reasonable to assume that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the team to beat. Between them, though? That’s anyone’s guess.
The biggest wild-card of those middle five teams is the Montreal Canadiens.
What happened last season…
31-31-9 (71 points), 5th in Atlantic Division 
Goals For: 212 (18th of 31), Goals Against: 221 (23rd of 31)
10-3-2 vs Canadian opponents
2-0-0 vs CGY, 0-2-0 vs EDM, 3-0-1 vs OTT, 3-0-0 vs TOR, 1-0-1 vs VAN, 1-1-0 vs WPG
The Habs were the definition of mediocre last season.
They posted a 31-31-9 record, finished in the middle of the pack in terms of goals scored, and finished in the bottom third of the league in goals against. They had a bunch of good-not-great players produce at a good-not-great level and their star, Carey Price, wasn’t the elite goaltender they needed him to be in the regular season.
Despite being nowhere near a playoff spot when the league got paused due to COVID-19 in …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Who will be Canada’s best NHL team next season?

The All-Canadian division looks to be a sure thing and with that comes predicting the best and worst teams.
Every NHL club has made significant moves that have altered their team in some way, shape or form. The question is, whether it changes their team for the good, or the bad. We will have to wait and see what happens for that but we can still try and predict who Canada’s top team is.
Here are my predictions and who I think will be the best and worst teams in the inevitable All-Canadian division. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

American League Division Odds Update 07/24/19

by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
Two of the three division leaders in the American League are very deep into minus money in MLB futures, which means any value play will entail a collapse.
For instance, the New York Yankees have moved to a -6600 favorite to claim the AL East title on the American League division odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Tampa Bay Rays (+1400) and Boston Red Sox (+1500) now have double-digit odds in this prop.
Five weeks ago, the Yankees still offered betting value at -200, but thanks to a surge heading into the all-star break, they have extended their lead from 3.5 games to an even 10 over both the Rays and Red Sox.
Boston has managed to be in the wild-card race despite a pitching staff that is allowing more than five runs per game. A return to league-average pitching combined with continued strong run production over the final 60-plus games could cue a Red Sox rally.
The Minnesota Twins, as far as AL Central odds are concerned, have done a reverse-Yankees, and are now -425 favorites, ahead of the Cleveland Indians (+190). Five weeks ago, the Twins were at -6600 with Cleveland at +1100 at betting sites, but Cleveland has …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation