Saturday NHL odds: Oilers favourites hosting Blue Jackets

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Edmonton Oilers right wing Josh Archibald, second from left, celebrates with Connor McDavid (97), Tyler Ennis (63) and Adam Larsson (6), of Sweden, after Archibald scored a goal against the Nashville Predators in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 2, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey / AP)

The Edmonton Oilers will be looking to open a crucial four-game homestand on a winning note when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night as -150 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Edmonton returns home after wrapping up a three-game road trip with a 4-3 loss in Chicago on Thursday, which marked the team’s first defeat in four outings going into Saturday night’s matchup against Columbus at Rogers Place.

Leon Draisaitl has powered the Oilers’ attack with 27 points in his past 14 outings. A five-point performance in Tuesday’s 8-3 win in Nashville was the highlight of Draisaitl’s run, and he has vaulted to a betting favourite on the Hart Trophy odds.

But the Oilers have work to do to overcome some recent uneven play on home ice. The team has scored just seven total goals while losing two of its past three home games, and has averaged just 3.13 goals per game during a 4-2-2 run. However, the Oilers filled the net while taking four of their last five from the Blue Jackets, averaging 4.4 goals per game during that stretch, capped by a 4-1 win in Columbus as -150 chalk on Oct. 30.

Edmonton could be well positioned to extend that trend as the Blue Jackets stumble into town. Columbus is coming off a 3-2 loss in Calgary on Wednesday, and has now lost 11 of its past 13 contests. That run includes six straight road losses in which the Blue Jackets averaged just 2.66 goals per game. But despite the team’s offensive struggles, Columbus has seen the over prevail in eight of its past 11 outings, including five of six on the road.

Earlier on Saturday night, the Ottawa Senators look to halt a six-game road losing streak as they visit San Jose as +135 underdogs at betting sites. The Senators kick off a five-game road trip after knocking off the New York Islanders, 4-3, as +140 home underdogs on Thursday to improve to 3-1-0 in their past four games. However, Ottawa has posted just two wins in its past 10 road meetings with Pacific Division opponents, and faces a Sharks team that has posted wins in three of the first four dates on its current homestand.

As well, the Montreal Canadiens will be looking to rebound from their first shutout loss of the season as they visit the Florida Panthers as +105 underdogs on Saturday. The Canadiens dropped a 4-0 decision in Tampa Bay on Thursday night but will try to extend Florida’s current slide, which sits at four games following Thursday 2-1 home loss to the Boston Bruins.

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