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    NHL Odds: Maple Leafs Look to Get Back on Track Against Blackhawks

    NHL Odds: Maple Leafs Look to Get Back on Track Against Blackhawks

    Chicago Blackhawks (-120) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (+100)

    Leafs

    Two struggling teams will face off in an Original Six battle on Wednesday night when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the United Center.

    Puck drop is 8 p.m. and the game can be viewed on Sportsnet Ontario. The Blackhawks — despite dropping three straight games — enter the contest as -120 moneyline favourites. The Maple Leafs have endured their fair share of pain of late, winning just three of their last 10 games heading to Chicago as the intriguing +100 underdogs.

    Let’s dive into some of the top odds and betting lines for Wednesday night’s match between the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Odds are courtesy of SportsInteraction.com.

    Puck Line

    If there’s one the Maple Leafs have done well this season, it’s putting the puck in the net. The Leafs have scored the second most goals in the Eastern Conference heading into action on Wednesday, which is why Sports Interaction has the club as -1.5 puck line favourites against the Blackhawks.

    Toronto is averaging 3.08 goals per game, compared to the Blackhawks, who are netting 2.96 per game. Maple Leafs superstar centre Auston Matthews, who is heading to the All-Star Game this weekend, is heating up and now has goals in his last two games. The Leafs are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games, but expect that to change when they face a struggling Blackhawks club.

    Total Goals

    The projected goals total for Wednesday’s match has been set at 6 — a high number if it were two average offensive teams going head to head. However, the Hawks and Leafs are two of the more offensively gifted teams in the NHL. Leafs have struggled to find goals over the last two weeks, but this is a young team that can turn it on whenever they so please.

    One player who must pick up the slack offensively is centre Nazem Kadri. The third-line centre has just one goal in the last 20 games, despite being one of the better defensive forwards on the Leafs. Nonetheless, expect this game to go over on Wednesday night.

    Team to Score First

    There’s no question the Maple Leafs thrive when scoring the game’s first goal. Toronto has posted a 21-5-3 record when potting the first goal and 5-13-2 when opponents have scored the opening goal against the Maple Leafs.

    Can the Leafs gain the advantage first on Wednesday night against a Blackhawks team that has an average 12-10-2 record on home ice this season? At -117, take the Leafs to come out firing early in the game as they’ll be hungry to win following another upsetting loss against the Colorado Avalanche. With blue-liners Morgan Rielly and Nikita Zaitsev out of action, the Leafs will have to pay extra attention to Patrick Kane, who has eight points in the last six games.

    Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs (+100, -1.5)

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