Maple Leafs among the favourites on Thursday NHL odds

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Michael Bunting, left, celebrates with center Auston Matthews (34), right wing Mitchell Marner (16) and defenseman Justin Holl (3) after scoring his third goal of the game Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, Jan. 29, 2022, in Detroit. (AP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking for a seventh straight home win when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night as -140 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto wrapped up a three-game western swing with a 5-2 win in Seattle on Monday night, which also marked the team's seventh victory in nine outings going into Thursday night's matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

The Maple Leafs have filled the net during their current 7-2-0 run, averaging 4.22 goals per game. That has generated a steady 7-1 run for the OVER in totals betting. Toronto has also claimed victory by multi-goal margins in five of its past seven wins. However, the team has surrendered 10 total goals over its past three home dates, claiming victory by just a single goal in two of those contests.

The Penguins roll into Toronto as +120 underdogs after extending their current win streak to four games with Tuesday's 5-4 comeback victory over Philadelphia. Three of Pittsburgh's most recent wins have come on the road, extending the team's current win streak away from PPG Paints Arena to six games. The Penguins have also limited Toronto to two or fewer goals on four occasions while winning four of their last five meetings, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, capped by a 2-0 victory at Scotiabank Arena on November 21.

Elsewhere on the Thursday NHL odds, the Montreal Canadiens will try to snap a 10-game losing streak as they host the St. Louis Blues as +195 home underdogs. The Canadiens are enduring an historically bad season that has produced just eight wins in 48 games, and have managed to claim victory in just two of 25 outings since November 27. The Blues arrive in Montreal as -235 chalk after posting a 5-2 win in Ottawa on Tuesday night, and have outscored opponents by a 10-3 margin during their current two-game win streak.

The Senators look to rebound on Thursday as they visit Buffalo as -105 underdogs. Ottawa has now lost three of four but has become an increasingly tough opponent while limiting opponents to two or fewer goals in six of its last nine outings. Listed as -115 home favourites, the Sabres are coming off decisive wins over Montreal and the New York Islanders, and now look to win three in a row for the first time since opening their campaign on a 3-0-0 run.

As well, the Winnipeg Jets will be trying to avoid consecutive losses for the first time in seven games as they host the Kraken as -150 chalk, the Edmonton Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks as a -165 wager, while the Vancouver Canucks visit the San Jose Sharks at -115 on the moneyline.

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