Canucks underdogs hosting Maple Leafs on Saturday NHL odds

Players from the Vancouver Canucks celebrate a goal. (CP Photo)

The Vancouver Canucks will get a chance to win two games in a row for the first time since late January when they close out a home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night as +145 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Vancouver turned in a steady performance on its way to a 3-1 win over Toronto in Thursday's series opener, which marked just the fourth victory by the team in 16 outings going into Saturday night's matchup at Rogers Arena.

The Canucks sit four points back of fourth-place Montreal, which also holds five games in hand. However, Vancouver showed signs of turning the corner this week, posting wins in two of three outings, including Monday's 4-0 win in Winnipeg. Vancouver has picked up just five wins in its last 17 meetings with the Maple Leafs, but has claimed victory in four of five home clashes with Toronto, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

Set as -170 favourites for Saturday, the Maple Leafs look to avoid posting consecutive losses in regulation for the first time this season. Toronto endured a letdown in Thursday's contest after dominating a three-game set in Edmonton earlier this week. The team has given up just 1.66 goals per game during a 7-2-0 run, fueling a 5-1 run for the under in totals betting.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the Jets look to continue their rise up the North Division standings as they close out a two-game road set with the slumping Montreal Canadiens as +130 underdogs at sports betting sites. As well, the Oilers host the Calgary Flames as -130 chalk.

Now in command of second place in the North Division standings, the Jets have struggled to gain respect at the sportsbooks. Five of the team's past seven victories have come while set as underdogs, including three straight wins over Montreal. However, Winnipeg has yet to be rewarded on the division futures, where the team lags as a +500 wager. The Canadiens are set as -150 favourites for Saturday despite losing eight of 10 and compiling a 1-4-1 record over their past six home games.

The Oilers seek to overcome this week's three crushing losses to Toronto, in which they were outscored by a wide 13-1 margin. Edmonton sports a shaky 6-8-0 record on home ice, but handed Calgary a crushing 7-1 defeat at home two weeks ago that ended the Flames' three-game win streak at Rogers Place.

In the wake of head coach Geoff Ward's firing, the Flames hit the ice on Saturday as +110 underdogs at the sportsbooks. Newly hired bench boss Darryl Sutter is not expected to join the team until he clears COVID-19 protocols early next week.

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