Saturday NHL odds: Maple Leafs betting favourites at Oilers

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Toronto Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly (44) tries to stop Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97). (Jason Franson/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to continue their recent domination of the Edmonton Oilers when they wrap up their four-game road trip in Edmonton on Saturday as -125 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto is coming off its first defeat on its current trip, a 4-2 loss in Calgary as -125 road chalk that extended a stretch of mediocrity that has featured just six wins in 16 outings going into Saturday night’s matchup at Rogers Place.

The Maple Leafs have owned the Oilers in recent years, though, posting wins in six straight meetings including three on the road, and have suffered just one loss in eight visits to Edmonton since December 2009 according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

That’s bad news for the Oilers, who take their first three-game losing streak of the season into Saturday’s matchup. The Oilers are coming off a 6-5 loss in Minnesota as a -105 wager on Thursday, and have now fallen to defeat in six of their past eight games. Edmonton’s slide has cost the team its perch atop the Pacific Division standings, where they now lag two points back of Arizona, and sit deadlocked with the red-hot Flames in second place.

And after posting consecutive wins on just one occasion over their past 15 games, the Oilers have also taken a tumble on the NHL futures, dropping to third on the Pacific Division odds as a +350 wager, but have remained largely steady on the Stanley Cup odds at +1500.

Elsewhere, the Flames will be aiming to win eight in a row for the first time since March 2017 when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon as -115 betting favourites. Calgary has responded well to its recent coach change, going undefeated under interim bench boss Geoff Ward. The Flames have also rediscovered their scoring touch, averaging four goals per game during their current tear, fueling a 4-0-1 run for the OVER on the totals.

The Hurricanes continue a five-game Western swing in Calgary after dropping a 1-0 decision in Vancouver on Thursday, ending a three-game win streak during which they potted 15 goals.

Also on the Saturday NHL odds at online betting sites, the Montreal Canadiens vie for a fourth straight win as they host the last-place Detroit Red Wings as -235 betting favourites. The Canucks try to shake off a scoring drought that has produced just two total goals in their past two outings as they visit San Jose as -105 underdogs, while the Ottawa Senators host the Columbus Blue Jackets at -110 on the NHL moneyline.

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