Slumping Canadiens still favourites on Saturday NHL odds

Winnipeg Jets' Mathieu Perreault (85) and Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Tatar (90) go for the puck during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, February 25, 2021. (John Woods/CP)

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to snap a worrisome four-game losing streak when they close out a four-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night as -130 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by

The Canadiens failed to earn the win for newly hired interim coach Dominique Ducharme in his debut behind the bench on Thursday, dropping a 6-3 decision to Winnipeg that marked their first road loss in regulation this season. With the loss Montreal has now fallen to defeat in seven of nine outings going into Saturday night’s matchup at Bell MTS Place.

The Canadiens have surrendered 4.75 goals per game during their current four-game slide after giving up just 2.40 goals per game over their previous five contests. That has offset a much-needed boost in goal production. Montreal shooters have averaged three goals per game over their past four contests after potting just eight total goals in their prior five games.

Despite picking up wins in three straight outings, the Jets look to Saturday’s matchup as +110 home underdogs at online betting sites. Winnipeg demonstrated enormous character while twice overcoming two-goal deficits in Thursday’s 6-3 victory. The team has now claimed victory in seven of 10 contests, including four of five home dates. The Jets have also played  stingy hockey, limiting opponents to three of fewer goals in nine of their past 10 outings.

Earlier in the day on Saturday the Ottawa Senators continue a three-game set with the Calgary Flames as +140 home underdogs. The Senators enjoy a season-high three-game win streak after routing Calgary 6-1 on Thursday night, but have work to do to establish their first four-game win streak in four years.

Losers in six of eight, Calgary looks to Saturday’s contest as -160 chalk. A feeble offence has plagued the Flames, who have been limited to just a single goal in each of their losses during their current 2-5-1 run. Calgary has also lost two straight in Ottawa, and has scored just seven total goals in its last four dates at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Elsewhere on the Saturday NHL odds, the battle for the top of the North Division standings heats up as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Edmonton Oilers in a contest pegged as pick’em. The Maple Leafs hit the road sporting an NHL-best 15-4-2 record after posting wins in four of five outings. Winners in 11 of their past 13 games the Oilers enter the weekend as the hottest team in the NHL, but continue to trail Toronto by four points in the divisional standings.

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