Maple Leafs road favourites to headline Saturday NHL odds

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with goaltender Jack Campbell (36). (Nathan Denette/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to pick up a sixth straight win when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night as a small -120 road favourite on the NHL Odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto embarks on a two-game road trip on the heels of a dominating 8-3 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche, and has now claimed victory by at least three goals in five straight outings heading into Saturday night's matchup at Xcel Energy Center.

Maple Leafs shooters have averaged 4.33 goals per game during their current 5-0-0 run. The Maple Leafs have also firmly established themselves as a defensive force while surrendering just 1.36 goals per game over their past 11 outings. They have been particularly stingy on the road, limiting opponents to one or fewer goals on four occasions during a 7-0-0 run.

The Wild, meanwhile, ride a five-game win streak of their own into Saturday's contest. The team is coming off a 5-2 win over New Jersey on Thursday, and has outscored opponents by a 28-9 overall margin while also winning five straight on home ice. However, the Wild have dropped four of their last six games to Toronto, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, including losses by multi-goal margins in each of their past two home dates.

While the Maple Leafs soar, the Montreal Canadiens continue to look for answers as they visit the slumping Nashville Predators as +165 underdogs at online sports betting sites for Saturday. The Canadiens hit the road after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Avalanche. In addition to getting saddled with their eighth loss in 10 games, Thursday's defeat also marked the 10th time in 25 outings that the Canadiens have failed to score more than a single goal.

Listed as -195 favourites for Saturday, the Predators are coming off a 2-0 loss to the visiting Boston Bruins that dumped them to 3-5-0 over their past eight contests. Nashville has endured inconsistency at both ends of the ice during its current uneven run. The team has outscored opponents by a wide 13-4 margin in its three recent wins, but has been shut out twice while tallying just seven total goals over its five recent defeats.

Elsewhere on the Saturday NHL odds, the Ottawa Senators will be trying to record consecutive wins for the first time this season as they host the Avalanche as lengthy +185 underdogs. And later in the evening, the Vancouver Canucks try to win three in a row for the first time in 47 games as they entertain the Pittsburgh Penguins as +120 home underdogs.

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