Maple Leafs small favourites at Canucks on Tuesday NHL odds

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Toronto Maple Leafs' John Tavares (91) skates with the puck while being checked by Vancouver Canucks' Jay Beagle (83) during first period NHL hockey action. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be trying to build on Saturday’s 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues when they continue a four-game Western road trip in Vancouver on Tuesday as slim -120 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

With Saturday’s victory as a +100 wager Toronto snapped a worrisome goal-scoring drought that produced just four total goals in the team’s previous three contests, and also picked up its first victory in three road outings ahead of Tuesday night’s Maple Leafs vs. Canucks betting matchup at Rogers Arena.

Overall, the Maple Leafs have produced streaky results on the road. Over the past month, the team has endured a four-game road losing streak followed by three straight wins, and currently sports a middling 7-9-0 record in contests away from Scotiabank Arena. The Maple Leafs have also come up short in three straight visits to Vancouver, scoring just five total goals during that stretch.

That’s good news for the Canucks, who take a two-game win streak into Tuesday’s contest as +100 home underdogs. The Canucks outlasted the Buffalo Sabres in a 6-5 win as -150 home chalk on Saturday afternoon, and have now tallied five or more goals in four of their past five outings, but have failed to win three in a row since the second week of the season.

Elsewhere on the Tuesday NHL odds, the Winnipeg Jets host the Detroit Red Wings as heavy -240 favourites, while the Montreal Canadiens travel to Pittsburgh as +150 underdogs, and the struggling Edmonton Oilers host the Carolina Hurricanes as +105 underdogs.

The Jets have posted three straight home victories during a steady 8-2-1 run, and have surrendered just nine total goals over their past six outings. Conversely, the Red Wings are pegged as lengthy +200 underdogs at betting sites as they arrive in Winnipeg amid a freefall that has seen them lose 11 straight overall and earn just one victory in 12 road contests since October 10.

The Canadiens return to action after enjoying a rare weekend off looking to tally consecutive wins for the first time since November 15. Montreal has posted wins in two of three outings, including a narrow 2-1 road victory over the New York Rangers on Friday, but has averaged just 2.17 goals while losing four of six road dates.

The Penguins sit as -170 favourites on the NHL odds against Montreal for Tuesday night. Pittsburgh has posted two shutouts during a three-game win streak, and has won seven of its last eight games on home ice.

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