Saturday NHL odds: Senators, Leafs underdogs on lines

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott (23) celebrates his goal with Cody Ceci (83), John Tavares (91) and Ilya Mikheyev (65) in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings. (Paul Sancya/AP)

The Ottawa Senators will be looking to build on a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers when they wrap up a five-game road trip in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon as +170 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Ottawa snapped a five-game losing streak with Wednesday’s victory as a +175 underdog, which also marked the first time the team had scored more than two goals in six road contests going into Saturday afternoon’s matchup at Wells Fargo Center.

The Senators scored just six total goals during their recent five-game slide. Overall, Ottawa has averaged just 2.41 goals per game on the road while surrendering 3.59 goals per contest. Despite sporting such a dismal goal differential and enduring a recent losing streak, the Senators have managed to produce respectable results in recent dates away from Canadian Tire Centre, going 4-5-0 in their past nine according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

The Flyers will be looking to rebound from Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Arizona as they close out a three-game home stand on Saturday as heavy -200 favourites. Philadelphia’s loss to the Coyotes snapped a five-game win streak, and marked the first time in eight games that the Flyers failed to earn at least one point. The Flyers have yet to lose in consecutive games played on home ice this season, but have earned just three victories in their last seven overall dates with Ottawa, and three wins in their last seven home matchups with the Senators.

Later on Saturday afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks will try to record consecutive wins on home ice for the first time since early October as they host the Buffalo Sabres as -150 chalk at sports betting sites. The Canucks have been idle since recording a 5-2 victory over the Senators as -160 favourites on Tuesday, but have posted wins in just three of nine home contests since opening the season with three wins in their first three games at Rogers Arena.

The Sabres head to the coast after opening a three-game Western Canada swing with a 4-3 loss in Calgary on Thursday as a +140 wager. Buffalo has struggled badly since opening the season with wins in nine of 12 contests, going 4-9-4 since then, including a 1-5-1 run in seven road dates.

Elsewhere on the Saturday NHL odds, the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to snap a two-game losing streak, in which they have potted just two total goals, as they visit St. Louis as road underdogs at the sportsbooks, while the Flames will get a chance to win four in a row for the first time this season as they host the Los Angeles Kings as -210 betting favourites.

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