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Leafs vs Canadiens Game 4 Odds, Lines and Best Bets

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NHL Hockey

May 25, 2021 · 6:34 AM PDT

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) against the San Jose Sharks during an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are -180 favorites to defeat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of their NHL Stanley Cup North Division semifinal series on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
  • Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 2-1
  • Leafs’ goalie Jack Campbell is an uncertain starter for Game 4

A lot of long-standing droughts are ending for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their opening-round Stanley Cup series against the Montreal Canadiens. Many have to do with 1967, an ominous date in Leafs history.

The Leafs beat the Canadiens in the playoffs for the first time since May, 2nd, 1967, and for the first time in Montreal since April 29th, 1967. The 1966-67 NHL season was the last in which the Leafs won the Stanley Cup.

Leading this best-of-seven affair 2-1, could Toronto be poised to win its first playoff series since 2004? Another victory in Game 4 on Tuesday would go a long way toward making that so. The last time the Leafs won consecutive playoff games in Montreal? You guessed it – 1967.

Oddsmakers are favoring this to be another long-standing drought that will come to a halt. Toronto are -180 favorites to defeat Montreal in Game 4. The Leafs are 2-4 against the spread in their last six games against the Canadiens.

 Leafs vs Canadiens Game 4 Odds

Player Moneyline Spread at DraftKings Total
Toronto Maple Leafs -180 -1.0 (-110) O 5.5 (-107)
Montreal Canadiens +150 +1.0 (-108) U 5.5 (-114)

Odds as of May 25th

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The puck is slated to drop at 7:30 PM EST at the Bell Centre. NBCSN is carrying the broadcast.

Load Management for Campbell?

The phrase load management is commonly heard in the NBA, but it’s not familiar jargon in the NHL. That’s especially true during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Resting is something that’s done on off days.

Yet with a chance to gain a 3-1 stranglehold on the series, Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe wouldn’t commit to going with goalie Jack Campbell on back-to-back nights in Game 4. Keefe indicated that he’d make a decision on his starting goalie after consulting with Campbell on Tuesday morning.

In eight back-to-back scenarios during the regular season, the Leafs never played the same goalie in both games. Frederik Anderson is Toronto’s most experienced playoff netminder (53 starts). However, Andersen has been injured much of the season and played just one of the Leafs’ last 24 regular-season games.

Campbell was a big part of Toronto’s Game 3 win, making 15 third-period saves in the 2-1 victory. The Leafs have monitored his workload all season. Campbell has never played more than four games in a row.

Canadiens vs Leafs Series Odds

Team Odds at DraftKings
Montreal Canadiens +450
Toronto Maple Leafs -670

Canadiens Searching for Goals

Montreal finished 14th among playoff qualifiers in goals scored (159) and 16th in goal differential (-9). This is clearly continuing to be an issue in postseason play.

Through three games, the Habs have tallied four goals. They’ve scored once in each of the past two games, both losses.

Game 1 heathy scratch Jesperi Kotkamiemi was inserted for Game 2 and scored. Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme brought in rookie Cole Caufield for Game 3, hoping for a similar impact.

Caufield scored four goals in 10 regular-season games. He hit the crossbar during an early-game power play and finished with three shots in 15:50 of ice time.

The Canadiens have scored two or fewer goals in seven of their past 10 postseason contests. Since 2015, they’ve netted 63 goals in 31 playoff games (2.03 goals per game).

Injury Updates

Already without captain John Tavares (concussion, knee), the Leafs lost forward Nick Foligno (lower-body injury). Foligno took the warmup for Game 3, but couldn’t go. He’s a game-time decision for Game 4.

Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen, one of their most persistent forecheckers, was hurt in the first period of Game 3 when hit by Toronto’s Rasmus Sandin. He has an upper-body injury. Forwards Jake Evans (undisclosed) has missed the past two games. Forward Eric Staal (undisclosed) was out for Game 3.

Their status for Game 4 is uncertain.

Trendspotting

Montreal is 0-for-9 on the power play in the series. In the second period of the last two games, Toronto has outscored Montreal 4-1 and outshot the Canadiens 40-14.

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher doesn’t have a point in the series and is -2. Game 3 goal scorer William Nylander of the Leafs has scored five goals in his past eight playoff games. He tallied three times through his first 20 NHL postseason games.

Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs (-180)


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