Maple Leafs slight home favourites vs. Jets on NHL weekend odds

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to claim a third straight victory over Winnipeg when they host the Jets on Saturday as -130 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by

Toronto dominated the Jets in a season-opening 7-2 rout as a +106 road underdog on October 4, and aims to record consecutive home victories over Winnipeg for the first time since Jan. 2012 in Saturday night’s Jets versus Maple Leafs betting matchup.

The Maple Leafs recorded a 5-4 win as a -146 wager in the Jets’ last visit to the Air Canada Centre in Feb. 2017, in just their second victory in five home dates with Winnipeg, but remain one of the NHL’s hottest home teams. Toronto has recorded wins in 14 of 15 at the ACC, and has averaged 4.33 goals per game during that stretch, while potting five or more markers on six occasions.

High-scoring affairs have also become the norm when these two teams meet, with the “over” prevailing in totals betting in each of their past 11 matchups, according to the OddsShark NHL Database. The Maple Leafs and Jets have combined to score an average of 7.63 total goals per game over that span, and nine total goals in each of their past three tilts.

That trend extends to each of the club’s recent outings, with the “over” prevailing in nine of Toronto’s past 12 home contests, and five of Winnipeg’s past seven overall. However, the Jets came up short in a 6-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks as -172 road chalk on Thursday in the first stop on a four-game road trip, and are pegged as +105 underdogs in Saturday’s contest.

The Jets’ loss in Chicago also halted a six-game win streak, during which they clinched a playoff spot and climbed to +950 on the Stanley Cup odds, well ahead of the Maple Leafs, who continue to lag at +1400 on those futures.

However, the Jets have struggled on the road, scoring just six total goals in four straight losses, while failing to score more than three times in seven straight away games, powering a 7-0-0 run for the “under.”

While the Jets continue their road trip early next week with stops in Ottawa and Montreal, the Maple Leafs look toward matchups against non-playoff teams in two of their final three outings on the regular season schedule.

The Maple Leafs will try to avenge last Monday’s 3-2 loss to Buffalo as -320 home chalk when they host the Sabres on Monday. The club then visits the New Jersey Devils on Thursday before returning home to face the Canadiens in next Saturday’s regular-season finale.

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