The Edmonton Oilers have paid out on the NHL betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in seven of their past 10 games against the Montreal Canadiens and those two clubs hit the ice together Saturday afternoon to kick off Hockey Day in Canada.
The struggling Habs host Connor McDavid and the Oilers at the Bell Centre, with Edmonton grabbing a 4-3 home win over Montreal when the two teams met for the first time this season back on Oct. 29. That ran the Oilers’ winning streak against the Canadiens to four games dating back to Oct. 2013 as underdogs in each contest.
McDavid had a pair of assists for the Oilers in that victory who were +135 underdogs, with Leon Draisaitl scoring twice on the night and Cam Talbot making 18 saves. Carey Price was between the pipes for the Canadiens, allowing the four Oilers goals on 27 shots. Price is still out indefinitely with a leg injury and won’t be on the ice Saturday afternoon.
The Battle of Ontario is then the early Saturday night game, with the Ottawa Senators getting a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ottawa and Toronto haven’t met since Oct. 10, when the Senators pulled out a 5-4 road victory as -150 favorites. The OVER is 8-2 in the last 10 games between the Senators and Maple Leafs according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
Saturday's late Canadian matchup has the Calgary Flames visiting the Vancouver Canucks, with those clubs having split a pair of meetings back in October – Vancouver won 5-1 as a +118 road underdog, and Calgary won 3-2 as a +124 road underdog. The Flames hold the recent edge in this series, however, with seven victories over their past 10 meetings.
And the Winnipeg Jets are the odd man out on Hockey Day in Canada, as they'll be south of the border taking on the Avalanche in Colorado. And that might not be good news for the Jets, who are 0-4 in their last four games against the Avalanche including a 2-1 loss in Winnipeg as a -129 home favorite in their last meeting on Jan. 18. That was an easy UNDER result.
All seven Canadian teams sit outside the playoff picture heading into Hockey Day in Canada. The Canadiens have the top odds to win the Stanley Cup at the sportsbooks out of that group, but they've still fallen well down to +3300 on those championship betting lines.