An all-Canadian clash sits on the NHL schedule for Saturday night as the Edmonton Oilers play host to the Ottawa Senators as -230 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edmonton returns to action in free fall after dropping a 4-2 decision in Toronto 10 days ago. That extended the team’s current losing streak to five games going into Saturday night’s matchup at Rogers Place.
Losers in 11 of their past 13 games, the Oilers now sit outside the Western Conference playoff picture and have slipped to a +2200 wager on the Stanley Cup odds. Edmonton shooters have been limited to two or fewer goals in nine of its 11 recent defeats, and the team has seen seven of its recent losses come by multi-goal margins.
That is good news for the Senators, who travel to Alberta for Saturday’s game as lengthy +190 underdogs. The Senators showed no signs of rust in their return to action on Thursday after playing just one game over the previous 25 days, as they wasted no time jumping out to a 3-0 lead on the way to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames. However, the Senators have struggled to maintain momentum on the road, where they have posted just one win in four games and only five total victories on the season.
Saturday’s NHL action starts early, with the Vancouver Canucks paying an afternoon visit to Carolina as +175 underdogs at betting sites. Later in the day, the Maple Leafs look to rebound from Wednesday’s stunning 2-1 loss in Arizona as they visit the St. Louis Blues as -145 chalk.
The Canucks have faded since enjoying a seven-game winning streak in late December. The team has lost three of four since then, all on the road, capped by Wednesday 4-2 loss in Tampa. The Canucks have averaged just 2.50 goals per game during their current 1-2-1 slide, but have outshot opponents in each of their past two games.
Listed as -210 betting favourites in Saturday afternoon’s matchup at PNC Arena, the Hurricanes look to rebound from Thursday’s brutal 6-0 loss to Columbus, and have been outscored by a 10-3 margin in back-to-back defeats on home ice.
The Maple Leafs came up short in Arizona despite outshooting the Coyotes by a wide 46-18 margin, and sport a 1-1-1 record through the first three dates of their six-game road trip. The Blues have allowed just three total goals during a three-game tear, and have allowed just six total goals during a 5-0-0 run on home ice. However, they lag as +125 home underdogs for Saturday’s game.