The Edmonton Oilers will try to continue their success against the Eastern Conference’s elite when they visit Scotiabank Arena and the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night. The Oilers have won two of their last three games after defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 Saturday night.
The Maple Leafs are red-hot, winners of nine of their last 10 games. The most recent was a 3-0 shutout over the New York Islanders Saturday night.
Oilers Look to Build Off Big Win
The Edmonton Oilers come into play with a 22-17-5 record for 49 points. They currently sit in fourth place in the Pacific Division, five points behind Vegas.
The Oilers are in the first wild card in the Western Conference. They defeated last year’s Eastern Conference champions, the Boston Bruins Saturday night.
The Oilers had been outscored in the third period 9-1 in the third period in four games before Saturday’s victory. Edmonton outscored Boston 2-0 in the third period.
Goaltender Mike Smith made 21 of his 35 saves in the third period. Daniel Nurse and Gaetan Haas each had a second period goal and Connor McDavid added an insurance goal in the third to seal the victory.
On the season, the Oilers are led by McDavid and center Leon Draisaitl. Both players have 65 points. Draisaitl has scored 24 goals and has 41 assists, and McDavid has 23 goals and 42 assists.
Between the pipes, Mikko Koskinen has led the way with a record of 14-8-2 with a goals against average of 2.85 and a save percentage of .912.
Maple Leafs Look to Stay Hot
The Toronto Maple Leafs come into play as the league’s hottest team. They have gone 9-0-1 in their last 10 games to bring their record to 24-14-5. The Leafs have 53 points and are six points behind Boston for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Toronto shut out the New York Islanders 3-0 Saturday night. Since head coach Sheldon Keefe took over for the fired Mike Babcock, the Maple Leafs are 15-4-1.
Pierre Engvall, Zach Hyman, and Auston Matthews all scored in the game for the Maple Leafs. Goaltender Frederik Andersen is expected to return to goal Monday night.
On the season, the Leafs are led offensively by Matthews. He has scored 28 goals and tallied 23 assists. Matthews also has a plus/minus rating of +16. Center Mitch Marner has scored 11 goals and has 29 assists.
Between the pipes, Andersen has a record of 21-8-4 with a goals against average of 2.67. His save percentage is .916.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Toronto -200. The Maple Leafs are favored by 1.5 and the over/under is 6.5. Toronto is scorching hot right now. They are scoring goals in bunches and playing solid defense.
The Oilers, on the other hand, have been rather inconsistent as of late. That inconsistency coupled with the stellar play of Toronto is reason enough to take the Maple Leafs on the moneyline and to cover.