Maple Leafs, Canadiens betting favourites on Saturday NHL odds

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Toronto Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev (65) congratulates teammate Jake Muzzin after he scored against the San Jose Sharks during second period NHL hockey action. (Hans Deryk/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to win four in a row for the first time this season when they hit the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday as -180 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Powered by the strong play of netminder Frederik Andersen, Toronto eked out a 2-1 overtime victory over the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, and has now held opponents to just a single goal in three of its past four home games going into Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena.

With the Maple Leafs offence sputtering, Andersen’s steady play has been crucial. Toronto has scored just nine total goals during its current three-game surge, and potted two or fewer goals in three of its past seven contests. However, the Maple Leafs offence has filled the net during a 3-0-1 run against Philadelphia, particularly on home ice, where they have potted 13 total goals over consecutive victories.

The Flyers arrive in Toronto as +162 underdogs on the betting lines after closing out a three-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens as -120 chalk on Thursday. With the win, Philadelphia improved to 3-0-1 over its past four outings. However, the Flyers have struggled to find consistency on the road, compiling a disappointing 2-4-1 record that has left them stalled in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Elsewhere on the Saturday NHL odds, the Canadiens will try to bounce back from Thursday’s loss in Philadelphia as they take on the Los Angeles Kings as -185 home favourites. Montreal has fallen to defeat in two of its past three contests, but has produced steadily at home, averaging four goals per game during a 3-1-0 run.

Set as +166 underdogs for Saturday’s matchup, the Kings will try to snap a five-game losing streak on the road during which they have scored just seven total goals while falling to defeat by multi-goal margins on four occasions.

As well, the Ottawa Senators look to build on Thursday’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Kings as they open a home-and-home series with the slumping Carolina Hurricanes as +180 home underdogs. The Hurricanes enter Saturday’s contest as -200 chalk despite losing each of their past three contests, but face a Senators squad that has failed to tally consecutive wins since mid-March.

And later on Saturday night, the Calgary Flames will play host to the red-hot St. Louis Blues at -130 on the NHL moneyline. Calgary has won four of its last five games including consecutive victories on home ice, but takes on a Blues team that has climbed to the top of the Western Conference standings during a six-game win streak.

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