Two bitter rivals will wrap up their regular seasons on Saturday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens.

For a second year in a row, the Montreal Canadiens barely squeaked in while the Toronto Maple Leafs will be watching from home. 

These two teams squared off in their final game of the 2009-10 regular season as well with the Leafs attempting to play spoiler with a 4-3 overtime win. A similar result could be expect as the Habs might be giving some of their players a rest prior to the playoffs. 

Montreal CanadiensThe Montreal Canadiens Can Win Because…: 

Carey Price will be in net on Saturday, which indicates that the Habs will take this game seriously. 

They can’t fall lower than seventh in the Eastern Conference standings and for the most part, they could probably rest their players if they wanted to – including No. 1 goaltender Carey Price. 

Instead, they are going to put him between the pipes, which shows that they do have interest in finishing their season on a winning note and generating a little bit of steam before the playoffs start. 

The Habs are coming off an effort where head coach Jacques Martin admitted that the team somewhat took their pedal off the gas in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators. Otherwise, the Habs have been playing playoff hockey for the last few weeks and nothing should change in this matchup. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs Can Win Because…: 

Toronto Maple LeafsThe Habs have just three wins in their last eight, which is a very pedestrian record considering they are trying to build a bit of momentum heading into the playoffs. 

But maybe the Habs really don’t care about that. 

They lost eight of their final 11 games to end the 2009-10 and they did just fine in the playoffs with a surprising journey all the way through to the Eastern Conference finals. With the same coaching staff intact, they might opt for a similar, conservative strategy to end the 2010-11 campaign as well. 

In either case, the Leafs should be game to play. They have won six of their last nine and while their playoff run fell short, they are trying to use this positive finish to springboard for a good start next season. 

Home-ice advantage has been a key in this series this season as the Leafs have both home matchups (and three straight overall) against the Habs this season while Montreal is 2-1 at home the three times they were the host. 

Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction:

Even with Price in net for this game, the Leafs should have the upper hand, despite what the NHL odds boards might suggest.  They aren’t really intimidated by him as Price has a career record of just 7-6-0 against the Maple Leafs with a GAA of 2.56. On the road this season, Price is just 15-17-1 with a 2.72 GAA compared to his sparkling 2.02 GAA at home. 

The Leafs would love to finish off the season with a big home win in front of their fans and show them that they are truly headed in the right direction. That should spur them on to edge out the Habs on Saturday. 

Pick: Maple Leafs