Maple Leafs heavy favourites hosting Red Wings on Saturday night

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal with teammate Zach Hyman (11) as Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) skates past. (Nathan Denette/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to extend their current home winning streak to a franchise-record 13 games on Saturday when they take on the struggling Detroit Red Wings as -245 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto returns home fresh off Thursday’s decisive 5-2 victory over the league-leading Nashville Predators as a +141 underdog, and is poised to equal two additional franchise records with a victory in Saturday night’s Red Wings versus Maple Leafs betting matchup at the Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs sit just one victory shy of their all-time records for most overall wins and home wins in a season as they enter an eight-game stretch run that features six contests on home ice, and four clashes with opponents already eliminated from post-season contention.

Despite that enviable position, the Maple Leafs continue to lag behind the favourites on the Stanley Cup odds at +1400, just ahead of the +1600 odds they sported on opening night. However, Toronto has enjoyed considerable success against the Red Wings, picking up the win in six of seven meetings, capped by a 3-2 victory as -133 road chalk on Feb. 18.

That defeat marked the start of a dismal slide that quickly snuffed out Detroit’s already slim playoff hopes. The Red Wings have lost nine straight on the road during a 3-12-2 run, tallying two or fewer goals on 11 occasions during that stretch, including a 1-0 loss to the visiting Washington Capitals as +152 underdogs on Thursday night.

Earlier on Saturday, the Calgary Flames battle to keep their fading playoff hopes alive as they visit the San Jose Sharks as +149 underdogs. The Flames have dropped four straight going into Saturday afternoon’s matchup at the SAP Center at San Jose, including a crushing 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks as a -105 home bet on Wednesday, and have been outscored by a 20-6 margin during their current swoon.

Conversely, the Sharks have scored 29 total goals during a six-game win streak that has lifted them into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division. That run includes last week’s 7-4 win in Calgary as +117 underdogs that marks their fourth straight victory over the Flames.

Elsewhere on the Saturday NHL odds, the Ottawa Senators host the Carolina Hurricanes as +118 underdogs, while the Montreal Canadiens welcome the Capitals to the Bell Centre as a +158 wager, and the Edmonton Oilers take on the Los Angeles Kings in late-night action as +109 home underdogs.

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