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Hockey Betting: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Monday, 18 February 2013 20:36

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators BettingThe online sports books know how intense the rivalry is between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators. Both teams play in the province of Ontario and they just don’t like each other. In the past, the fact that both teams were in the Northeast Division did not mean a whole lot because it was rare that both teams were competitive in the same season. This season is one of those rare seasons where both teams are battling for a playoff spot and there is a lot more to play for than just provincial pride.

Both teams are getting surprisingly good seasons out of their respective goaltenders. The betting sites have seen the progression of Toronto goalie James Reimer, but it looked like Reimer feel out of his groove last season. Persistent injuries worked to undermine Reimer’s performance last season, but he is back on top of his game this year. The Senators had hoped that Craig Anderson would reach his potential in an Ottawa jersey, and it looks like Anderson is ready to backstop another successful season for Ottawa. Both of these teams play gritty games, which means that this game should be interesting to watch.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs

The online bookie crowd is still not ready to call the Toronto Maple Leafs a playoff contender just yet. The Leafs got off to a great start last season and faded as the season progressed. With 1/3 of the season gone, Toronto looks like it has the kind of balance it needs to challenge the top teams in the Eastern Conference. As soon as Toronto can maintain a persistent string of wins, then the betting experts will be willing to say that the Toronto Maple Leafs looks like a playoff contender.

Ottawa Senators

A 5 dimes review of the Ottawa Senators shows that this season’s version of the team is more prone to playing in streaks than last season’s version. The Senators carried a two-game losing streak into the beginning of this week, which is exactly how the team has been playing so far in this shortened season. In one week, the team looks like world beaters. As soon as the next week starts, the team starts to fall apart again. The fans are hoping that the Senators develop some kind of consistency over the course of the rest of the season and that it propels the team into the playoffs.

The Bottom Line

This will be a violent game with a lot of action around the two nets. The Leafs has been flying high the past couple of days while the Senators has been struggling. But this is a new week and you can never tell just how the Senators will react from one week to the next. If Anderson gets hot in this game, then it could be a long night for Toronto.

My Pick: Ottawa Senators

 
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