Saturday NHL odds: Maple Leafs road favourites at Senators

Ottawa Senators centre Chris Tierney (71) and Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) battle for the puck during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Coming off their fourth loss in their past six outings, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to pick up an easy win on Saturday night when they take on the struggling Ottawa Senators as -200 road favourites on the NHL betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto’s inconsistent run continued on Thursday night with a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars as -145 home favourites. Auston Matthews picked up his 41st goal of the season in the losing cause for the Maple Leafs, while Zach Hyman providing the team’s other marker. Frederik Andersen made his return to the Toronto lineup, stopping 16 of 19 Dallas shots.

Thursday’s game was an under result on the totals at sports betting sites, with the under now 3-0 in the Maple Leafs’ last three outings after the over had paid out in six of their previous seven contests.

The Senators, meanwhile, put an end to a six-game losing streak on Thursday night with a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes as +115 home underdogs, their fifth under result in their past six outings. Ottawa has only picked up three victories since the calendar turned to 2020, and has suffered through losing streaks of nine games and six games over that stretch.

Toronto got past Ottawa 5-3 as a heavy -330 betting favourite at home when the teams met for the first time this season back on Oct. 2, and the Maple Leafs also edged the Senators 2-1 at -280 on the NHL moneyline at home on Feb. 1. Mitch Marner scored the overtime winner for Toronto that day, with Jason Spezza also scoring in the win against his old team.

Earlier on Saturday afternoon, the Edmonton Oilers will play on the road at the Florida Panthers as +135 underdogs, while the Montreal Canadiens get a visit from the Stars, and the Calgary Flames play host to the Chicago Blackhawks as -150 betting favourites.

The Oilers, missing captain Connor McDavid, fell 3-1 on the road at the Tampa Bay Lightning as +170 underdogs in their last game on Thursday night, and lost 6-2 at home to the Panthers in the first meeting of the season between the teams back on Oct. 27. That was an easy over result on the betting totals, with the over/under 6-3-1 in the past 10 games between the two teams according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

The Canadiens have lost consecutive games heading into Saturday, with the under paying out on the totals in each of their past four outings. The Flames topped the Blackhawks 2-1 as -135 road favourites when the teams last met on Jan. 7, and overall Calgary has managed to beat Chicago seven times in the 10 most recent games between the two teams.

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