The Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-0) travel to meet the Edmonton Oilers (3-5-0) at Rogers Place Thursday for a 10 p.m. ET puck drop. Below, we analyze the Maple Leafs-Oilers NHL odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
Maple Leafs at Oilers: Odds, spread and lines
Maple Leafs at Oilers: Projected starting goalies
Frederik Andersen (4-2-0, 2.84 GAA, .896 SV%) at Mikko Koskinen (3-5-0, 3.42 GAA, .900 SV%)
Andersen is expected to start this game, as backup G Jack Campbell is unavailable due to a lower-body injury. Second-string backup G Michael Hutchinson can’t be trusted, so look for the Ginger Dane to get his third start against the Oilers this season. Andersen allowed two Edmonton goals on 21 shots in a 3-1 loss Jan. 20 before rebounding with 30 saves in a 4-2 win over the Oilers Friday.
Koskiken was on the other end of the ice for those two games against the Leafs. He yielded just one goal on 26 shots in the 3-1 win, and allowed only three goals on 28 shots in the 4-2 loss. Look for Koskinen to start for this third installment Thursday.
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Maple Leafs at Oilers: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 2
Money line (ML)
The MAPLE LEAFS (-130) are the play in Game 3 between these teams. The Leafs have won each of their past four trips to Rogers Place, and they have won 19 of their previous 26 battles against the Oilers. The road team has also cashed in four of the past five meetings. If that doesn’t convince you, the favorite has hit in 16 of the past 21 meetings, too.
Against the spread (ATS)
The MAPLE LEAFS -1.5 (+195) are worth a small-unit play as you can nearly double up if they win by two goals. It might take an empty-netter at the end as it won’t be easy, but the winner in the first two games of this series also hit the puck line. While the Leafs have covered the puck line in just two of six games overall, they’re a good value at this price.
UNDER 6.5 (-105) is the play as the Under is 4-1-1 in the past six games overall for the Leafs. Edmonton was outscored 9-8 in splitting two games Sunday and Tuesday with the Winnipeg Jets in the last two games, but the Over hit in each. However, the Under is 3-2-1 in the past six for the Oilers. In this head-to-head series, the Under is 12-5-4 in the past 21 in Edmonton, and 3-1-1 in the past five meetings overall.
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