The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 series-opening loss to Columbus when they face the Blue Jackets on Tuesday in Game 2 of their qualifying series as -145 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Set as -165 favourites to knock off Columbus entering the qualifying round, the Toronto offense sputtered while surrendering a 1-0 series lead for the sixth time in their last seven playoff appearances going into Tuesday afternoon’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena.
With Sunday’s loss, Toronto has fallen to defeat in nine of its last 14 meetings with the Blue Jackets, who are set as +125 underdogs for Game 2. However, Columbus still has work to do to erase the memory of the team’s 2-6-6 run down the stretch, and has not won three games in a row since early February.
Later on Tuesday, the Calgary Flames will battle the Winnipeg Jets in a pivotal Game 3 clash at Rogers Place, while the Vancouver Canucks are set as narrow -105 underdogs at sports betting sites in their crucial Game 2 matchup with the Minnesota Wild.
After tallying a decisive 4-1 victory over Winnipeg in Game 1, the Flames were forced to play catch-up on Monday afternoon in a 3-2 loss to the Jets. The defeat extended the Flames’ recent playoff record to a shaky 2-11 in their past 13 contests, while giving the Jets a big lift after losing both Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine to injury in Game 1.
Like the Maple Leafs, the Canucks’ offense came out flat in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota in Game 1 of their series. Vancouver has now fallen to defeat in 12 of its past 18 contests, while scoring two or fewer goals in nine of those games. The Canucks have also dropped six of eight to the Wild since January 2018.
That’s a slide that could be difficult to reverse against a Minnesota team that looks to Game 2 as a -115 wager. Minnesota was playing some of its best hockey of the season before the pause, and has averaged almost four goals per game while posting wins in nine of its last 12 contests, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
Elsewhere on the Tuesday NHL odds, the New York Islanders enter their Game 2 clash with the Florida Panthers as -125 favourites. As well, the Nashville Predators are a -130 wager as they look to tie up their series with the Arizona Coyotes, while the New York Rangers look to avoid a series sweep as they face the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 as +125 underdogs.