The 2023-24 NHL season is really starting to heat up as the All Star Game is getting closer and the playoff races are heating up. There is a solid slate of games set to take place on Tuesday night, including a matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers.
Toronto is coming into this game with 50 points on the season, and they are sitting at third place in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs have not been playing great hockey of late as they come into this game on a three-game losing streak.
The Edmonton Oilers are coming into this game with a ton of momentum as they have ripped off 10 straight wins. Edmonton is now sitting at 47 points on the year, and they are now up to fourth place in the Pacific Division.
The Oilers are the moneyline betting favorites at -145 over the Maple Leafs in this matchup of teams from Canada.
Maple Leafs Must Get Stops
If the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to turn things around this season then they are going to have to get some stops on defense. Toronto is now allowing over 3.2 goals per game this season, and that just isn’t going to get the job done.
The Maple Leafs are killing off just 77 percent of their penalties this season, and taking a penalty in this game is going to lead to some trouble. Toronto does have the ability to score goals in a hurry as they are scoring 3.5 goals per night.
William Nylander is having a huge season for Toronto as he has racked up 36 assists and a team-high 57 points.
Edmonton Want to Play Fast
The Edmonton Oilers want to play fast in all aspects of the game, and that is nothing new for this team. Edmonton is scoring 3.49 goals per game, while allowing just 3.00 goals against on average.
This team has actually been better on defense this season than in previous years, and that is going to be something to watch. Edmonton has so many weapons on offense, and they can score goals in a hurry.
Connor McDavid hasn’t been scoring as many goals this season, but he still leads the team with 41 assists and 57 total points.
Oilers Stay Hot, Beat Rivals
The Maple Leafs have looked like the much better overall team this season, but they just haven’t been playing their best hockey of late. Toronto has been a good offensive team this season, but at some point they have to get some stops.
Edmonton is finally healthy again and they are coming into this game with a ton of momentum ahead of this matchup. Look for the Oilers to be clicking on all cylinders in this game, and they will have no trouble winning this game.
Bet the Edmonton Oilers at -1.5 on the puck line as this team is going to win this big battle by at least two goals in this matchup.