A heavyweight tilt between Canadian teams is one of Wednesday’s two feature matchups as the Toronto Maple Leafs play host to the Edmonton Oilers. Based on the NHL odds, Toronto is the betting favorite, and putting the latest news, stats, and injury reports into consideration, the Maple Leafs have been the Oilers’ kryptonite.
Edmonton Oilers (18-13-2) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (21-8-2)
Maple Leafs Eye Fourth Win in Row
Toronto stands a tier above all the other Canadian teams and can increase that gap further with a sound victory over Edmonton. The Leafs already trounced the Oilers 5-1 on Dec. 14 prior to their impromptu two-week hiatus. They got right back to business by annihilating Ottawa 6-0 on New Year’s Day before their next two games were postponed.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find Toronto as an underdog these days. The Maple Leafs dropped one to Winnipeg thanks to being undermanned, which would be one of its rare losses. However, despite Toronto’s 21-8 record as a favorite, it is down over two units on the money line.
The Leafs have also been in close calls when playing at home. Despite a 13-4-1 record at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto is just 6-12 on the puck line and have failed to cover in four of their last six home games. But as far as a straight pick, you won’t find a better Canadian team to bet online than Toronto.
Oilers Have Been Powerless
On the flip side, the Oilers have been having a rough road trip. Edmonton has lost three in a row and is 1-2-2 in its last five games thanks mainly to a power play (PP) that has gone dry (1 of 6) and subpar goaltending. Edmonton has been outscored 4-1 on the man advantage partly because the Oilers have been getting penalized a lot.
But even with the recent cold streak, the Oilers still have the best power play in the league at a whopping 33.3 percent when on the road. However, they have become too dependent on it and if their penalty kill (PK) isn’t on point, things go downhill fast.
The Oilers are winless (0-7-2) when they are outscored on special teams and are just 4-8-2 when they fail to score a power-play goal. As great as Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are, the team is not the same when its special teams is not clicking.
Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Head to Head
|18.18%||Power Play %||38.46%|
|61.54%||Penalty Kill %||81.82%|
Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Game Information
- Date: Wednesday
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Scotiabank Arena
- Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Live Stream: NHL Live
Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Lines
|Puck Line||-1½ |
Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction
In their last 10 games, the Oilers have only scored on four of 22 power-play attempts and have been outscored 36-20 while losing seven times. This isn’t a coincidence as the Maple Leafs know the score when facing Edmonton.
Who were the top goaltenders of 2021?
Highest WIns Above Replacement in the past year:
1. Connor Hellebuyck
2. Andrei Vasilevskiy
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Jack Campbell will be back in net for Toronto. He stuffed 35 of Edmonton’s 36 shots, including all on the power play, in last month’s win. A Vezina Trophy front-runner, he is 3-0-0 against Edmonton in his career with a 93.5 percent save percentage. He has yet to allow a power-play goal against the Oilers and Toronto should once again neutralize Edmonton.
Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -235
The bloated total is headed straight for “fade city.” Both these teams can drop four or more goals in a heartbeat. But Edmonton’s goal-scoring woes against the Atlantic Division is notable: Eight of its last nine games against the division have gone under. Bet it on the sportsbook at these odds.
Pick: Under 6 (Ev)
Parlay: Maple Leafs and Under 6 at +203