Maple Leafs, Canadiens both favourites on Wednesday NHL odds

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly (44) is congratulated by teammate John Tavares (91) on his game winning goal during overtime NHL action against the Montreal Canadiens, in Toronto, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Frank Gunn / CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to remain undefeated on home ice this season when they open a two-game series with the slumping Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night as -150 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto is coming off a 3-1 victory over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Monday night and boasts a 3-1-0 record going into Wednesday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

The Maple Leafs are showing signs of shifting into high gear. While Toronto has tallied just three goals in each of its past two games, the team badly outshot opponents by a combined 78-47 margin in those contests, and has averaged 36 shots on goal in its two home victories to date.

Conversely, the Oilers embark on their first road trip of the year following a dismal four-game season-opening homestand. Edmonton is set as a +130 underdog at betting sites for Wednesday’s contest after being outclassed in a pair of losses to the Montreal Canadiens this past week. The Oilers mustered just one even-strength goal while being outscored by Montreal by an overall 8-2 margin in those contests.

Offensive production has also been a concern for the Oilers in recent dates with Toronto.  Edmonton shooters have scored more than two goals just three times while posting just two wins in the team’s past 10 games against the Maple Leafs. However, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have remained steady producers, combining for 11 total points over the Oilers’ past three clashes with Toronto.

Later on Wednesday night, the Canadiens look to maintain their solid start to the season as they open a three-game set in Vancouver as -125 betting favourites. Montreal has lived up to lofty expectations in the early going, going 2-0-1 through its first three contests including a 5-4 overtime loss in Toronto on opening night.

In addition to averaging four goals per game through their first three outings, the Canadiens sit among the league leaders with 34.0 shots on goal per game. Montreal has also tallied wins in eight of its last nine meetings with the Canucks, who ride a three-game losing streak into Wednesday’s contest as +105 underdogs.

However, it has been over two years since Montreal tallied wins in three consecutive games on the road. And while the Canucks have scored just four total goals during their current three-game slide, they have averaged 4.50 goals per game while going undefeated in each of their past four home openers.

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