Trio of all-Canadian matchups highlight Saturday’s NHL betting action

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A trio of all-Canadian contests highlight the NHL schedule on Saturday, and the action starts in Calgary where the red-hot Flames play host to the slumping Winnipeg Jets as -120 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by

Calgary returns home after sweeping a four-game road trip to extend its season-high win streak to seven games ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Jets vs. Flames betting matchup at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames have been idle since recording a 4-1 win in Carolina as +120 underdogs on Sunday, surrendering two or fewer goals in each of their past five outings. Total goals have reached six or higher in four of Calgary’s past seven outings, and the OVER has prevailed in two of three home dates during the Flames’ current tear.

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The Jets look to end a two-game slide as they wrap up a four-game road trip in Calgary. The Winnipeg offence has tapered off since averaging 4.3 goals per game during a recent 6-1-0 run. Jets shooters have tallied just two total goals over their two recent losses, including a lopsided 4-1 defeat in Minnesota as +121 underdogs in their last outing last Saturday, and have tallied just nine total goals in four straight losses in Calgary.

Despite their recent struggles the Jets maintain a share of second place in the Central Division standings and are pegged at a solid +1400 on the 2018 Stanley Cup odds, well ahead of the +4500 odds they sported when that market opened.

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Later on Saturday, the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs are listed as a -140 wager as they visit the Ottawa Senators, and the Edmonton Oilers take on the Vancouver Canucks as -173 favourites, while the Montreal Canadiens look to avoid a third loss in eight days to the visiting Boston Bruins.

It has been a rough start to 2018 for the Maple Leafs, who have tallied just two wins in nine outings and allowed 4.33 goals per game over three straight road losses. Toronto also dropped a 4-3 decision as a -217 home favourite on Jan. 10 in its fourth straight loss to the Senators, and is a meagre 1-5-1 in seven trips to the nation’s capital since January 2015.

However, the Senators have struggled at Canadian Tire Centre, falling to defeat in their past two, and currently sit 15th in the Eastern Conference with just nine home wins this season.

The Oilers return home from a five-game Western swing riding a two-game win streak, and are 4-0-1 in five home dates with Vancouver, but have tallied just 1.25 goals per game during their current 1-3-0 run on home ice.

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