Two of the biggest rivals in the NHL will get together on Saturday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators. The Sens are slumping heading into this contest, which is why the Maple Leafs are favored on the moneyline.
The Sens have been in a major funk as they have lost five of their last seven games. It won’t help matters now that they will be without their top defenseman Erik Karlsson, who was injured on Wednesday. That’s compounded by the fact that the team is already playing without top-line center Jason Spezza. Without their two best offensive weapons, the Sens have scored just 11 goals in their last seven games.
If there’s some good news for Ottawa, it’s that they’ve had plenty of recent success in the Battle of Ontario, winning five of the last seven meetings. They should feel good about their chances on Saturday as the Leafs have won just two of six games at home this season.