Oilers, Maple Leafs favourites on Wednesday NHL odds

Edmonton Oilers left wing Zach Hyman (18) celebrates his short-handed goal against the Arizona Coyotes with center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

The Edmonton Oilers will be looking to open their season schedule with six straight wins for the first time since 1983 when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night as -165 home favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Edmonton returns home after closing out a two-game road trip with a 5-3 win over the Golden Knights in Vegas, and has averaged 4.8 goals per game this season.

The duo of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid has led the Oilers attack. Draisaitl maintained his torrid pace in Friday's victory over the Golden Knights, scoring twice and adding an assist in his third multi-point performance in four outings. McDavid contributed a pair of helpers in the win, and continues to sit as the favourite on the odds to win the Hart Trophy at sports betting sites with 13 points in his first five outings.

Conversely, the Flyers kick off their first road trip of the season as +140 underdogs after dropping a 4-2 decision to the visiting Florida Panthers on Saturday. That loss snapped a two-game win streak in which Philadelphia scored 12 goals. However, the Flyers have posted just one win in six visits to Edmonton since 2014, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs will attempt to shake off an early-season slide as they travel to Chicago to face the winless Blackhawks as -165 road favourites. The Maple Leafs turned in an uninspired performance in Monday's 4-1 loss in Carolina that dumped the team's record to 2-4-1. Now losers in four straight, the team's offence has potted just six goals over that stretch. But with opponents tallying 4.5 goals per game during that stretch, the OVER has paid out in totals betting in two of Toronto's past three contests.

Wednesday's contest provides a golden opportunity for the Maple Leafs to bounce back. Largely outclassed during an ugly 0-5-1 start, the Blackhawks are set to hit the ice at United Center as +140 underdogs. Chicago is coming off a lopsided 6-3 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, and sits 31st in the NHL with a team goals-against average of 4.50. However, the Blackhawks have held the upper hand in recent dates with their Original Six rivals, scoring 5.33 goals per game while taking three straight from the Maple Leafs.

Elsewhere on the Wednesday NHL odds, the Panthers aim to extend their season-opening win streak to seven games as they host the Boston Bruins as slim -125 chalk, while the slumping Golden Knights visit the Dallas Stars at +100 on the NHL moneyline.

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