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Canadiens, Maple Leafs both favourites on NHL Saturday odds

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to make it six wins in a row on home ice against the Ottawa Senators when they host their divisional rivals on Saturday as -235 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Montreal already posted victories in two meetings with Ottawa earlier this month, recording a pair of 5-2 wins in a home-and-home series, and have now earned two points in eight of 10 head-to-head tilts going into Saturday night’s matchup at the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens have regularly shut down the Senators when they come to town, limiting them to just six total goals during their five-game home win streak. But with Montreal averaging 4.33 goals per game, the OVER has prevailed in totals betting in each of the past three meetings between these two clubs according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

Montreal’s recent success in its two-game series with the Senators has also boosted its fortunes. After picking up just one win in their previous seven games, the Canadiens’ 5-2 win over Ottawa as -190 home chalk on Dec. 4 marked the start of their current 4-1 run, which includes a 6-4 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes as a -120 wager on Thursday night.

Conversely, the Senators have been dismal performers on the road, falling to defeat in six of seven before earning a 4-2 win in Detroit as +120 underdogs on Friday.

Elsewhere on the NHL Saturday odds, the Toronto Maple Leafs will try to halt a three-game losing streak in Florida as they visit the Panthers as -145 road betting favourites.

As well, the Calgary Flames will be looking to extend their lead atop the Pacific Division standings when they open the day’s action in Minnesota on Saturday afternoon as +115 underdogs, while the Vancouver Canucks host the Philadelphia Flyers in a late-night contest as -115 favourites.

The Maple Leafs travel to South Florida after suffering a decisive 4-1 loss in Tampa Bay on Thursday to fall to 1-2-1 in their past four games, and drop eight points back of the Eastern Conference-leading Lightning. However, the Panthers have also struggled, surrendering five goals on four occasions during a 1-3-2 run, including three straight losses on home ice.

The Flames escaped with a 6-5 win over Philadelphia as -170 home chalk on Thursday, and have outscored opponents by an 18-10 margin while winning three of four on the road, while the Canucks return home searching for just their second home win in eight home dates.

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