The NHL season kicked off on Tuesday night with a couple of great games, and the action will continue with a bigger slate on Wednesday.
Game details and odds: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs, Wed 10/13.
Looking at the Wednesday board, the Maple Leafs jumped out to us. For starters, the Canadiens are going to be without several key players from last year’s playoff run. Shea Weber is injured, Corey Perry signed with the Lightning, and the team is also without top goalie Carey Price to start the season as he’s stepped away from the club to focus on his mental health. The Maple Leafs kept their core intact and are playing in front of their home fans in a playoff revenge game here.
These teams went to a Game 7 in the postseason last year, so they were clearly pretty evenly matched. But Montreal has seen the far bigger departures this offseason, and they’re playing on the road. Not having Auston Matthews for opening night hurts Toronto, but it’s not a dealbreaker.
The Canadiens were a surprise team that overachieved last season, and they’re due for some regression. It’ll start on Wednesday night.
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