An all-Canadian matchup highlights the NHL schedule on Tuesday night, as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Edmonton Oilers as short 1.76 road favourites at Bet99.
The Maple Leafs embark on a four-game western road trip on the heels of a narrow 5-4 win over Chicago on Saturday but have fallen to defeat in each of their past two road contests. Listed as 2.05 home underdogs in Tuesday’s contest, the Oilers are currently mired in their longest losing streak in two years after dropping a 3-1 decision to the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. The total in Tuesday’s contest is pegged at a lofty 6.5, with the UNDER favoured with 1.99 odds.
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Maple Leafs: 19-8-2, 40 points (T-1st, Atlantic Division)
Oilers: 16-10-0, 32 points (3rd, Pacific Division)
Maple Leafs vs Oilers Betting Trends
Tuesday night’s matchup marks the first of two meetings between these Canadian clubs this season. Pitted in a season-long battle for the top of the North Division during the pandemic-shortened 2021 NHL campaign, the Maple Leafs enjoyed a clear edge in the season series, posting six wins in nine regular-season contests. That run featured victories in four of five trips to Edmonton, extending Toronto’s impressive road record against the Oilers to 13-3-1 in 17 visits since November 2003.
The Maple Leafs have extended that trend in a decisive fashion over their past three visits, outscoring the Oilers by a wide 13-1 margin. However, these clubs have combined to produce mixed results in totals betting, with the OVER/UNDER going 11-11-1 in their past 23 overall clashes.
Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes
The Maple Leafs were lucky to have the bounces go their way late in Saturday night’s clash with the Blackhawks, with David Kampf potting the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining. The goal salvaged a slim victory for Toronto in a contest in which they led by as many as three goals late in the second period.
That is TOTALLY how David Kampf drew up what scoring tonight’s GWG would look like. 😅 pic.twitter.com/qcEbiD3Dn0
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 12, 2021
The Leafs’ near-meltdown highlighted the concerns the club faces on the blue line, which have been amplified by recent injuries to Travis Dermott and Rasmus Sandin. The club is also missing veteran forward and team leader Jason Spezza, who remains sidelined by a suspension, as well as star winger Mitch Marner, who has been hobbled by a shoulder injury.
Keefe says 3-4 weeks for Marner with a shoulder injury, Dermott out with shoulder as well, Sandin better than expected, not long term, 2-3 weeks. #Leafs
— Michael Augello (@MikeInBuffalo) December 7, 2021
On a positive note, the Leafs received a steady outing on Saturday from netminder Petr Mrazek in his first start since suffering a groin injury in late October. Sniper Auston Matthews contributed a goal and an assist on Saturday and has now racked up 16 points during his current nine-game points streak. Team captain John Tavares has turned in multi-point performances in six of his past nine outings and now sits alongside Matthews with a team-leading 31 points.
The Maple Leafs sniper has rediscovered his scoring touch and is well-positioned to win a second straight Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer
Edmonton Oilers News & Notes
While the Maple Leaf’s offence has been clicking, the Oilers’ scoring touch has eluded them during a five-game losing streak that has featured losses in each of their past four home contests. The club has tallied just eight total goals during their current slide and has mustered just two total goals at even strength over their past four contests.
— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) December 12, 2021
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have not been spared by the club’s current scoring drought. The superstar duo has powered the Oilers’ attack, scoring 39 of the club’s 88 total goals so far this season. However, the NHL’s top two scorers were limited to just six shots on goal and held off the scoresheet in Saturday’s loss to Carolina, and racked just one total point at even strength over Edmonton’s past four contests.
Injury updates from Coach Tipp:
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 13, 2021
Blueline health also remains a worry in Edmonton. Veteran Duncan Keith remains on the shelf with an upper-body injury that landed him on the IR back on November 30, and was joined this past week by Kris Russell, who is also nursing an upper-body injury. Despite their recent slide, the Oilers have remained resilient on the NHL championship futures at Betway. The club remains pegged at a solid 17.00 bet, well ahead of the 26.00 odds they sported on the season-opening Stanley Cup betting picks.
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