The Toronto Maple Leafs will be gunning for a fourth straight win on Wednesday, when they play host to the rapidly fading Edmonton Oilers as 1.84 home favourites on the NHL three-way odds at Betsafe. The Maple Leafs extended their current win streak to three games with a 6-0 rout of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, and have also won 10 of their past 13 on home ice. The Oilers limp into Toronto riding a four-game losing streak after dropping a 4-1 decision to the New York Rangers on Monday, and have now lost 10 of their past 12 overall.
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Oilers: 18-13-2, 38 points (4th, Pacific Division)
Maple Leafs: 21-8-2, 44 points (3rd, Atlantic Division)
Oilers vs Maple Leafs Betting Trends
Wednesday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena marks the second of final meeting between these two clubs this season. The Maple Leafs faced little resistance while marching to a 5-1 victory in Edmonton back on December 14, and now sport a sparkling 7-0-2 in nine their past nine dates with the Oilers. The Leafs have averaged almost four goals per game during that stretch, and have held Edmonton shooters to one or fewer goals in four of their past five matchups. However, things have not gone so well for Toronto in head-to-head action on home ice, where the club has fallen to defeat in three of five dates, capped by a back-to-back one-goal losses when the Oilers last visited in late March.
Edmonton Oilers News & Notes
The Oilers’ struggles to regain the form that made them one of the top teams in the NHL during the first two months of the season continued in Monday’s loss at Madison Square Garden. Edmonton suffered its fourth loss in a brief six-day span despite outshooting the Rangers by a 34-28 margin. For the fifth time in as many games, the Oilers surrendered the first goal, and have now been outscored by a wide 7-3 margin in first period action during their current 0-2-2 slide. Despite their recent slide, the Oilers entered the Christmas break sitting just shy of the favourites as a 14.00 bet on the Stanley Cup odds and picks.
“We just haven’t played as well as we’d like to as a group.”
The #Oilers could only get one past Georgiev as they fall to 0-2-2 on a current five-game trip after a 4-1 setback to the Rangers. @TonyBrarOTV has the recap.https://t.co/X73hmQKjHz | #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/c03ct3UMlu
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 4, 2022
Goaltending has emerged as a major concern during the Oilers’ current swoon, with Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith combined to tally allow 4.25 goals per game while compiling a meagre .870 save percentage. Of greater concern is the team’s sudden lack of offensive production. Superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have seen their torrid early-season pace curtailed dramatically, with the duo combining to score just five total goals through the first five games of the team’s current six-game road trip.
From @TSNRyanRishaug: Update on Connor McDavid testing positive for COVID-19, the process of getting retested to confirm his diagnosis and his status for Wednesday’s game against the Maple Leafs – https://t.co/O1CgK7sHMJ pic.twitter.com/VDvyWI1kPJ
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) January 4, 2022
Complicating matters further are reports that McDavid tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon, casting doubt on his availability for Wednesday’s contest. McDavid is the latest to join a long list of Oilers who have missed time due to injury or COVID. The club is already without defenceman Kris Russell, and could also be missing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury.
Currently in tenuous control of the second wild card in the Western Conference, the Oilers are a high value bet to miss the playoffs this season
Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes
While the Oilers have sagged, the Leafs have soared. Toronto showed no ill effects from an extended 17-day layoff in their return to action on Saturday. The club dominated the overmatched Senators, outshooting them by a wide 40-23 margin. And while the Edmonton offence has fallen silent, Toronto’s role players have stepped up. Four different skaters found the back of the net on Saturday, and 10 different Leafs shooters have bulged the twine during the club’s current three-game winning streak.
Soupy, short-handed goals and scoring from the defence leads Leafs over Senators: https://t.co/zaOJiPE2eD
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) January 2, 2022
The increase in distributed scoring comes at a particularly good time for the Maple Leafs, considering Auston Matthews’ uncertain status going into Wednesday. Matthews tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, but increased the chances of getting the green light to face the Oilers after a subsequent PCR test came back negative on Tuesday.
Sheldon Keefe said Auston Matthews’ PCR test came back negative. He was held out of practice today for precautionary reasons. He’s not been ruled out to play on Wednesday night.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) January 4, 2022
Matthews has been key to the Maple Leafs’ recent impressive performance, and earned NHL first star of the month honours for December after racking up 10 goals and four assists in just seven games. The NHL’s top goal scorer last season has also shone against Edmonton, scoring four times and adding one helper over his past three versus the Oilers.
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