Senators underdogs hosting Karlsson, Sharks to highlight Saturday NHL odds

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San Jose Sharks' defenceman Erik Karlsson. (Josie Lepe/AP)

The Ottawa Senators will face former captain Erik Karlsson for the first time since he left town as part of an offseason trade when they take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday as +140 underdogs on the Saturday NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Karlsson has struggled at times in his first campaign on the west coast, posting 15 points and a -9 rating through 26 games, and has been held off the scoresheet while San Jose has gone winless in three straight ahead of Saturday afternoon’s game at Canadian Tire Centre.

Conversely, the Senators have won two straight to bury a four-game losing streak and have been steady performers in recent contests on home ice, winning three of four capped by Thursday’s 3-0 shutout win over the New York Rangers as a -110 wager. Ottawa also picked up a 6-5 victory when the Sharks last visited in early January, and has taken six of eight from San Jose including three of four on home ice.

Elsewhere on the Saturday NHL odds, the Toronto Maple Leafs aim for a fourth straight victory as they visit the Minnesota Wild in a clash pegged as a pick’em.

The Montreal Canadiens look to put the brakes on a five-game slide as they take on the Rangers as -150 home chalk, and the Winnipeg Jets open a three-game road trip in New Jersey as -125 favourites, while Saturday night’s late game has the Edmonton Oilers hosting the Vegas Golden Knights in another pick’em matchup.

Auston Matthews made his presence felt in his return to action earlier this week, potting two goals and an assist in Toronto’s 5-3 win over the Sharks as -165 home chalk. Each of the Leafs’ three recent victories have come on home ice, however the squad has dropped two straight on the road after opening the season on a 9-1-0 run away from Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto has also fallen to defeat in each of its past five visits to Minnesota, and has posted just one victory in nine overall dates with the Wild, who have amassed a solid 8-3-2 record on home ice this season.

The Canadiens have been held to two or fewer goals on four occasions during their five-game losing streak, including home losses to Boston and Carolina. Montreal also dropped a 5-3 decision in New York as a +100 wager on November 6, but has averaged four goals per game in consecutive wins over the Rangers at the Bell Centre.

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