Maple Leafs, Flames favourites on Thursday NHL odds

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen (24) scores the game winning overtime goal against the Arizona Coyotes. (Nathan Denette/CP)

After pulling out a victory in overtime on Tuesday night the Toronto Maple Leafs will be back in action on Thursday night as minus-140 home betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by against the Dallas Stars.

The Maple Leafs got an overtime marker from Kasperi Kapanen on Tuesday night to give the team a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes as minus-200 betting favourites in an UNDER result on the totals. Zach Hyman scored twice for Toronto in regulation time on Tuesday, while Jack Campbell stopped 35 of 37 Coyotes shots to pick up the victory.

Toronto has now alternated wins and losses over its past four games, and has won eight of 16 games since the beginning of January to sit in a battle with the Florida Panthers for third place in the Atlantic Division standings. The UNDER has paid off in two straight games for Toronto, but the OVER is 11-5 in its last 16 outings.

The Maple Leafs and Stars just met on January 29, with Toronto winning 5-3 on the road at minus-110 on the moneyline at online sports betting sites. Hyman, Auston Matthews, Tyson Barrie, Willian Nylander, and Andreas Johnsson had the goals for Toronto that night, with Frederik Andersen making 31 saves. Alexander Radulov had a pair of goals for Dallas in the loss.

Also on Thursday night, the Edmonton Oilers are on the road at Tampa Bay to face the Lightning as plus-175 underdogs, while the Calgary Flames are minus-125 road favourites against the Anaheim Ducks, and the Ottawa Senators are plus-120 home underdogs against the Coyotes.

The Oilers have won two games in a row, but the Lightning have won eight straight games and have only lost three times in their last 23 outings. A quad injury will keep Edmonton captain Connor McDavid sidelined for the next two to three weeks, while Tampa Bay has each of Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Anthony Cirelli nursing lower-body injuries.

The Flames have also won two straight games after losing five of their previous six outings. Calgary edged Anaheim 2-1 as plus-120 road underdogs in the first meeting of the season between the teams back on October 20, the ninth UNDER result in their past 10 matchups.

The Senators have lost six games in a row and 16 of their last 18 outings. The Coyotes, however, haven’t fared much better lately with just three victories in their last 14 contests.

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