Two Canadian NHL squads heading in different directions are in action on Wednesday as the third week of the NHL season gets underway. The Edmonton Oilers look to match their best start in four decades when the play host to the Philadelphia Flyers. Earlier in the night, the Toronto Maple Leafs continue the search for their current offensive outage as they visit the winless Chicago Blackhawks, also as betting chalk. The Calgary Flames are back in action on Thursday, as they continue their Eastern road swing with a clash against the Pittsburgh as slender underdogs.
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|NHL Week 3 Moneyline Odds|
|Wednesday October 27|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||1.59||1.61||1.58||1.55|
|Thursday October 28|
Leafs Search for Offensive Spark vs Winless Blackhawks
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have a golden opportunity to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night as 1.59 favourites on the NHL odds at Sports Interaction. The Leafs saw things go from bad to worse with a dismal 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, and have now scored just six total goals during their current swoon. In addition to generally sloppy defensive play, the club has been impacted b y a lack of production from their biggest offensive weapons.
— CP24 (@CP24) October 26, 2021
The trio of Auston Matthews, John Tavares, and Mitch Marner have combined to score just two total goals to date. The Leafs also did little to give a boost to netminder Jack Campbell while getting outshot in their past two outings. Despite their early struggles, the Maple Leafs remain perched among the favourites on the Stanley Cup odds at Betway as an 11.00 bet. But while they will be facing a slumping Blackhawks squad when they hit the ice at the United center on Wednesday, they cannot afford to look past Chicago, a club they lost to in three straight outings.
Listed as 2.41 home underdogs on Wednesday, the Blackhawks will be aiming to rebound from this past weekend’s crushing 6-3 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. That contest marked the club’s fourth straight loss by multi-goal margins, while also extending Chicago’s own struggles to find the back of the net. In addition to averaging just two goals per game during their first six contests, the Blackhawks have had to endure a tough start by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who is expected to get the call on Wednesday. Fleury has been rocked in his first four outings, compiling a dismal 5.75 goals-against average and .839 save percentage.
Blackhawks currently in COVID-19 protocol:
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 26, 2021
Making matters worse for the Blackhawks are off-ice distractions. The club has been hit by an outbreak of COVID-19 that has sidelined five players including Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. The ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations made by a former Blackhawks player has regularly captured the headlines of late, casting a pall over the team’s start to the season. Look for Toronto to get back on track in this contest.
The Picks: Maple Leafs -1.5 (2.38) at Sports Interaction; OVER 6.0 (1.85)
Oilers Aim to Make it Six in a Row
While the Maple Leafs stumble out of the gate, the Edmonton Oilers will be aiming to establish their hottest start since 1983 when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday as 1.61 home favourites at Bodog. The Oilers improved their unblemished record to 5-0-0 with a 5-3 statement victory over the Pacific Division rival Vegas Golden Knights, and have now tallied 24 goals through their first five contests. The trio of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Zach Hyman have powered the offence, combining to score 15 of the team’s 23 total goals to date. The Oilers have also dominated Philly on home ice, posting wins in five of their past six meetings.
He now has 13 points through 5 games. On pace for 213 points.
Multiple points in every game so far.
Meanwhile, Leon Draisaitl is up to 11 points after a 3 point night.
— CapFriendly Depth Charts (@CF_DepthCharts) October 23, 2021
Wednesday night’s matchup extends a tough stretch of the schedule for the Flyers, who arrive in town as 2.40 underdogs. The club romped to a 6-3 win over Boston last Wednesday but were forced to face another undefeated team on Saturday, closing out their season-opening four-game homestand with a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. The Flyers’ now kick off a three-game swing through Western Canada with defenceman Ryan Ellis’ status uncertain as he deals with an undisclosed injury that kept him out of this past weekend’s loss to Florida.
The Pick: Oilers (1.61); UNDER 6.5 (2.00) at Bodog
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Flames Likely Too Much for Injury-Plagued Penguins
The Calgary Flames will try to keep pace with the Oilers in the Pacific Division race when they travel to Pittsburgh on Thursday to face the Penguins as 2.00 underdogs in NHL betting at Bet99. The Flames continued their winning ways with a 5-3 victory in New Jersey on Tuesday that was not as close as the score indicates. Calgary has filled the net during their four-game win streak, averaging 4.25 goals per game, while goaltender Jacob Markstrom has quickly found his midseason form, allowing just one goal over his past two starts.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Crosby still has no timetable for return from injury https://t.co/joGgV08qkd
— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) October 23, 2021
The Pittsburgh Penguins aim to rebound from their first loss in regulation when they face off on Thursday as slim 1.80 favourites. The Penguins were pounded 5-1 by Tampa Bay on Tuesday, continuing an uneven start during which they have alternated between dominating wins and disappointing defeats. However, injuries remain a massive concern in Pittsburgh. The club remains without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Jeff Carter, and Bryan Rust, whose absence looks to have finally caught up with this club.
The Pick: Flames (2.00); OVER 6.0 (1.83)