Maple Leafs favourites, Canadiens underdogs on Tuesday NHL odds

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) smiles after scoring a hat trick as fans throw hats on the ice while playing against the Colorado Avalanche. (Nathan Denette/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to snap their first two-game losing streak since late October when they return home on Tuesday to face the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets as -285 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by

Toronto came up short in a pair of road outings this past weekend, capped by Sunday's lopsided 6-3 loss in Winnipeg that leaves the team lagging one point behind the first-place Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division going into Tuesday's matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

The Maple Leafs have struggled to shut down opposing shooters of late, surrendering 4.33 goals per game over their past three outings. However, Toronto has remained a solid wager when playing a third game in four nights, going 3-1-0 so far this season.

Listed as +225 underdogs at sports betting sites for Tuesday, the Blue Jackets will also be playing their third game in four nights. Columbus is coming off a 6-4 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks, and will be aiming to snap a four-game losing streak on the road during which they have been outscored by a wide 18-6 overall margin.

The Jets, meanwhile, hope to build on their win over Toronto as they entertain the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday as a -115 wager. With Sunday's victory, the Jets have now posted consecutive wins for the first time in three weeks. The team tallied 14 total goals during its 2-0-0 run, ending a 1-5-1 run during which they potted just nine total goals.

The Hurricanes open a five-game road trip after posting a dominating 6-2 win over Buffalo on Saturday night. However, Carolina has picked up just one win in its last four road outings, and has scored two or fewer goals on five occasions during its current 2-4-1 run.

Elsewhere on the Tuesday NHL odds, the Montreal Canadiens host the Tampa Bay Lightning as +160 underdogs in a rematch of last summer's Stanley Cup Final. These two teams currently find themselves heading in opposite directions. The Lightning arrive at Bell Centre riding a three-game win streak and sporting the NHL's fourth best road record. Conversely, the Canadiens have lost three straight, and have failed to score more than two goals in each of their nine defeats on home ice this season.

As well, the Calgary Flames look to overcome Sunday's 3-2 loss in Vegas as they visit the slumping San Jose Sharks as -145 chalk. The Edmonton Oilers try to keep pace with the Flames as they host the Minnesota Wild as -130 favourites, while the Ottawa Senators return home to face the New York Islanders as +110 underdogs.

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