Thursday NHL odds: Maple Leafs, Canadiens among betting favourites

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to maintain their torrid scoring pace when they take on the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday as -180 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto has scored seven times in each of their past two outings, capped by Tuesday’s 7-4 win in Dallas as a +110 bet, and currently leads the NHL with 20 total goals in four games going into Thursday night’s Maple Leafs versus Red Wings matchup at Little Caesars Arena.

Not surprisingly, the duo of Auston Matthews and John Tavares have accounted for most of Toronto’s offence, combining to score 13 times during the team’s 3-1-0 start. However, the Maple Leafs have also surrendered 15 total goals over their past three outings, generating a 3-0 run for the OVER in totals betting.

While the Maple Leafs have filled the net, the Red Wings return home from a two-game visit to Southern California searching for their first win of the season pegged as +150 underdogs. Detroit has scored just six total goals during an 0-1-2 start, and have enjoyed little success in recent dates with Toronto, posting just one win in their past eight meetings.

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Elsewhere on the NHL Thursday night odds, the Montreal Canadiens look to stay unbeaten in regulation as they play host to the Los Angeles Kings as -130 betting favourites, while the Edmonton Oilers hit the ice for the first time since opening their schedule in Sweden last weekend, visiting the Boston Bruins as +145 underdogs.

The Canadiens return to the Bell Centre for their home opener after stunning the Pittsburgh Penguins with a decisive 5-1 win as +210 road underdogs on Saturday in an impressive followup to their 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto last week.

The Kings are without injured goaltender Jonathan Quick and veteran forward Dustin Brown as they continue a four-game Canadian swing that began with a 2-1 loss in Winnipeg as +170 underdogs on Tuesday night. Los Angeles has produced mixed results in recent visits to Montreal, winning three of six, but posted shutouts in each of those victories.

The Oilers recorded a disappointing 5-2 loss as a -115 bet in their season opener against the New Jersey Devils, but have taken six of seven from the Bruins including wins in three straight visits to TD Garden.

As well, the Jets look to make it two in a row as they travel to Nashville to battle the Predators as +115 underdogs, while the Vancouver Canucks visit Tampa Bay in search of their first road win of the season sporting lengthy +220 odds.

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