Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 24, 2022 19:00 CET
The Maple Leafs and the Senators will open the new NHL preseason with a doubleheader at the Scotiabank Arena. Even though the teams have announced lineups with a mix of regulars and minor league players, both games should be entertaining and at a high level.
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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators Odds
1×2 Odds: 2.06/4.50/2.755
Total Over/Under (6.5): 2.03/1.77
Toronto Maple Leafs Team News
The season hasn´t even started and there is already huge pressure on Toronto and their head coach Sheldon Keefe. He led the Maple Leafs to three straight postseason appearances, but suffered an early first-round exit all three times. According to the bookmakers, he is the main favourite to be fired first, so his team will need to start getting results immediately.
Toronto´s superstar Auston Matthews only has two years left on his contract, so his team had to make some moves this summer to be more competitive in the playoffs. The Leafs decided to keep their core together and acquired a solid new pair of goalies by inking Samsonov and Murray. They also bolstered their offense with Calle Jarnkrok along with a couple of other role players, hoping to get over the first-round hump in the playoffs.
Ottawa Senators Team News
After failing to reach the playoffs for five consecutive years, the Senators have become desperate and made some big moves this preseason. They have been slowly rebuilding their team over the years and chose this summer to go all out in the free agent market.
Their marquee signings were former Chicago Blackhawks co-captain Alex DeBrincat and netminder Cam Talbot. After Minnesota signed Marc-Andre Fleury to a permanent deal, Talbot never officially requested a trade, but was obviously unhappy and decided to leave.
Impressed with these additions, the legendary Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux returned to his hometown, giving the Senators a much-needed injection of experience.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction
Following another opening-round exit, the Maple Leafs are hoping to avoid another disappointing season. They will open their preseason with the “Battle of Ontario” in front of their fans. The lineups of both teams will not be ideal, but the Maple Leafs have a lot of players who will be eager to prove themselves. With all the pressure mounting, they have to take these preseason games very seriously, so we decided to back them to win in regulation.
Date and time: 24.09.2022 19:00 CET
Prediction: 1×2 – Toronto Maple Leafs