(NHL) Montreal vs. Toronto, 10/13/2021 7:00 PM, Score: 1 - 2
Money Line: -163.00 Toronto (Home)
Result: Win
I'm playing on TORONTO. Both teams will look a lot different from the ones which faced each other in last year's playoffs. Each team is missing several players due to injury and each team had several players leave due to trades or free agency. While Matthews (Toronto) and Price (Montreal) are the 'big' name players which are out, the Habs will miss a lot more than just their goalie. Captain Shea Weber is out for the season. The Canadiens will also be without defenseman Joel Edmundson and center Mike Hoffman. Paul Byron, an important penalty killer, is also out with injury. Montreal lost center Phillip Danault, left winger Tomas Tatar and center Jesperi Kotkaniemi left to free agency. Danault was an excellent defensive forward. Yes, Montreal has replaced those players with new ones but it's going to take awhile. I believe Toronto will be "more ready to go." Of course, both teams will be motivated to win their opening game against their archrival. The Leafs should have a little more hunger from last year's playoff upset though. Look for Tavares and co. to get some payback.