Maple Leafs, Oilers both favourites on Saturday NHL odds

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Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) chases Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during second period pre-season action in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday September 20, 2018. (Jason Franson/CP)

A pair of all-Canadian clashes highlight the NHL schedule on Saturday, starting in Toronto where the Maple Leafs play host to the Vancouver Canucks as -190 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto returns home riding its first two-game win streak in four weeks after tallying a 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday, strengthening its grasp on third place in the Atlantic Division standings going into Saturday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

The Maple Leafs recorded a rare road sweep of their Sunshine State rivals this week, starting with a 5-3 win in Tampa Bay as +160 underdogs at online sports betting sites. Toronto now holds a four-point lead over the fourth-place Panthers in the divisional standings, and a clear edge in potential tiebreakers, outpacing Florida in regulation/overtime wins by a 33-30 margin.

Despite boosting their chances of making the playoffs, the Maple Leafs have lost ground on the Stanley Cup odds, slipping to a season-worst +2200. Toronto has done itself no favours by losing eight of 14 on home ice since late December, but is well positioned to make gains against the injury-riddled Canucks, who arrive in town listed as +165 underdogs.

The Canucks are coming off a 5-2 loss in Ottawa as -165 chalk on Thursday, marking their seventh defeat in 11 outings. Vancouver’s slide coincides with a rash of injuries that have sidelined goaltender Jacob Markstrom and forwards Brock Boeser and Josh Leivo. The team remains in the thick of the Pacific Division race, deadlocked with Edmonton in second place, one point up on Calgary, but the Canucks have work to do to end a six-game skid in Toronto.

Later on Saturday night, the Oilers take on the Winnipeg Jets as home betting favourites. Edmonton returns home with just one win in its past five games, but has earned at least a point in seven of its last 10 contests. The Jets halted a three-game slide with a 3-0 win over Washington as +125 home underdogs on Thursday, and have taken six of seven from the Oilers including three-straight wins in Edmonton.

Elsewhere on the Saturday NHL odds, the Calgary Flames look to overcome a demoralizing 4-3 loss in Nashville on Thursday as they continue a five-game road trip against the Lightning as +145 underdogs.

As well, the Montreal Canadiens try to put the brakes on a four-game home losing streak as they host the struggling Carolina Hurricanes at -125 on the NHL moneyline, while the Senators hope to build on their win over Vancouver as they welcome the basement-dwelling Detroit Red Wings to town as a -165 wager.

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