Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Edmonton Oilers +120 / Toronto Maple Leafs -141
CBC, NHL, Sportsnet
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers meet in NHL action from Rogers Place on Saturday night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to rebound after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes and through the first half of the 2nd period before Ron Hainsey and Morgan Rielly scored :34 apart to take a 2-0 lead for Toronto. That’s all the scoring the Leafs would do however, as Vancouver would tie the game with a pair of markers 1:52 apart to bring the score to 2-2. The score would hold through the rest of the 3rd period, so it was off to overtime where Vancouver completed the comeback to send Toronto back with just a single point and their first loss this season when leading after the 2nd period. Frederik Andersen took the loss, falling to 32-13-4 after allowing all 3 goals on 31 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to build on their current 4-game winning streak after a 3-2 win over the same Vancouver Canucks in their last outing. Alex Chiasson opened the scoring for the Oilers before Zack Kassian doubled the advantage before the end of the 1st period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins pushed the lead to 3-0 just 1:02 into the 2nd period before Vancouver finally got on the board in the later stages of the middle frame. The Canucks pulled a 2nd goal back early in the 3rd, but it was too little too late as Edmonton would seal the deal and close the door on a comeback attempt for Vancouver in their 2nd straight try. Mikko Koskinen got the win to improve to 20-15-4 after stopping 35 of 37 shots faced in the winning effort.
Toronto is 19-9 in their last 28 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a road favorite. Edmonton is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 6-16 in their last 22 games as an underdog while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Toronto is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Edmonton.
The plus money with the Oilers is definitely tempting considering it’s not often that you get a home team that’s won 4 straight as an underdog. However, the fact that Toronto is favored just goes to speak to how well the Leafs have played on the road this season in my opinion. Toronto has to be out to get the bad taste out of their mouths after losing to Vancouver, and given how the Leafs have pretty much owned Edmonton in recent years, I think there’s a good chance for Toronto to redeem themselves here, so I’ll lay the juice with Toronto on the road in this one.