Playoff Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens

John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs (Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
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William Nylander,Toronto Maple Leafs
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Round 1 Verdict

The Montreal Canadiens playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs is a blockbuster title. Arguably the biggest rivalry in NHL history is pitted against each other in a seven-game series.

Both teams have had their claim for the top team in the Scotia North Division. The only difference is Toronto’s lasted longer than a couple of weeks. Statistically speaking, the Leafs are the best team in the Scotia North Division. Their 77 points are 18 more than the Habs have.

Offensively, Toronto is far superior. Montreal does have offensive weapons, but the stars in the 6ix are equal to the entire Canadiens team. Toronto’s top-four points getters cover for the top seven points-getters in Montreal.

Both teams are average to above average defensively. Some players stand out, but overall, the teams aren’t the best at defending. Leading in forced turnovers and goals allowed, Toronto gets a slight edge.

The Leafs enter the playoffs with a healthy goaltender coming off the best season of his career. Montreal heads into the playoffs with a goaltender coming off an injury but is a brick wall when it counts. Playoff experience and success heavily favor the Canadiens, giving them the edge.

Overall, Toronto leads in most statistical categories. If Montreal is to pull off an upset, they must shore up all holes in their game and hope Price returns fully healthy.

Series Prediction:

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Playing physical is the only possible way to win the series for the Habs. The Toronto Maple Leafs skill and speed are far too much for most teams, especially if your goaltender is battling injuries.

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While I’m sure the Montreal Canadiens will put up a fight, they are no match for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A 4-2 series win for the Leafs looks about right to me.