Edmonton Oilers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Air Canada Centre will play host to a cross-country showdown as the Edmonton Oilers take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s the final time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The action gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 10, and you will be able to catch the game live on Sportsnet.

Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs Odds

Earning moneyline bettors 2.8 units, Toronto is 19-11 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the NHL in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from last years regular season campaign. Through 30 regular season matches, 14 of the teams games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 9-5 SU at home this season. The Maple Leafs have been able to convert on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.1 percent of all penalties. The Maple Leafs, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties just 3.6 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their past five contests. The teams had to defend opponent power plays for just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall. Boasting a .922 save percentage and 31.8 saves per game, Frederik Andersen (17-9-1) has been the best option in goal for the Leafs this year. Andersen did just play last night, however, so head coach Mike Babcock may choose to give him the night off and roll with Curtis McElhinney instead (2-2-2 record, .900 save percentage, 3.07 goals against average). Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri will both be focal points for the Maple Leafs. Matthews (26 points) has tallied 13 goals and 13 assists and has recorded two or more points on eight separate occasions this year. Kadri has 13 goals and 10 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 18 contests. On the other side of the ice, Edmonton is 12-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 14 of its matches have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. As an away team so far, the Oilers are 7-8 SU. The Oilers have converted on 18.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 32nd overall and it’s successfully defended 72.2 percent of all opponent power plays. Edmonton’s skaters have been called for penalties 4.3 times per game this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.4 minutes per game over their last five road outings. Cam Talbot (25.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot has 10 wins, 12 losses, and one OT loss to his credit, and has registered a .903 save percentage and 3.00 goals against average this year. Connor McDavid (11 goals, 24 assists) has been one of the top offensive playmakers for the visiting Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Maple Leafs, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in three of Toronto’s last five games.
  • Edmonton skaters have accounted for the second-most hits in the league (28.0 per game), but that numbers down to just 22.6 hits over their last five away games.