Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Oilers and Maple Leafs have proven to be two of the best teams in the North Division with 21 and 22 wins respectively. The previous game was only a reminder of the talent as the two teams kept finding open shots and opportunities to score. After an overtime victory by the Maple Leafs, to give 6 wins on the season against the Oilers, the Oilers will hope to respond in the upcoming game with a big victory to help catch up with the Maple Leafs in the North Division.

Oilers offense has led the way all season

The Oilers have arguably their best team in years resulting in 22 wins in their first 45 games. The offense has been the main reason for their success this season, scoring 3.4 goals per game for one of the best marks in the NHL. The team has two of the best scorers in the game in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who have combined for 40 goals this season but are also finding production from Ryan-Nugent Hopkins and defenseman Darnell Nurse who both have 11 goals on the season.

While the offense has led the way this season, the defense has also been playing well to help make the Oilers one of the top teams in the North Division. Darnell Nurse is having a Norris Trophy caliber season with 3.3 defensive point shares, 63 blocked shots, and plenty of production on the offensive end while Tyson Barrie has been a nice addition as well, adding 2.2 defensive point shares and 36 blocked shots. In addition, Mike Smith is having one of his best years as the starting goaltender as he is saving .918 shots and allowing only 2.4 goals per game.

Maple Leafs top line wins another game for the team

The Maple Leafs found goals in the recent game from John Tavares, William Nylander, and the overtime winner from Auston Matthews. It was only a reminder of how potent the Maple Leafs offense is with arguably the best top line in the NHL as the team scores 3.3 goals per game. Auston Matthews now has 22 goals on the season which leads the NHL while William Nylander and Mitch Marner have combined for 25 goals on the season with Marner having 30 assists on the season as well.

While the offense is the main reason for the team’s success, the defense has surprised many hockey fans and experts alike, allowing only 2.5 goals per game. Morgan Reilly and TJ Brodie have combined for 5 defensive point shares and 84 blocked shots this season while Jake Muzzin and Justin Holl have combined for 4 defensive point shares. While Frederik Andersen has struggled this season, Jack Campbell has stepped up as the backup and has only allowed 1.4 goals per game and is saving .945 percent of shots as well.

The Bottom Line
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The Oilers and Maple Leafs gave a great game on Saturday night that could have truly gone either way. While the Maple Leafs appear to be the better team, the Oilers match up with them in every facet of the game and as a result, should be able to bounce back. The offense should be able to pile on the goals with Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Darnell Nurse from the point all creating scoring opportunities while also being able to distribute the puck throughout the game to open skaters. Speaking of Darnell Nurse, he should have an eye out for Auston Matthews throughout the game and the rest of the Oilers defense should be cognizant of who is making the plays for the Maple Leafs and as a result, limit their offense. The Oilers should be able to win this game and as a result, give us great odds in the process.

Prediction:
Oilers (+125)

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The two teams in this game have two of the best offenses in the NHL. While the defenses have played well this season, they still are outmatched by the potent and deep offenses of their opponents. The Oilers should run up the score in this game with McDavid and Draisatl constantly beating the Maple Leafs at the blue line on odd-man rushes to create open shots. Likewise, the Maple Leafs should be able to find Auston Matthews in space a few times this game and if not, expect William Nylander and Mitch Marner to be able to fire great shots on the goal. Expect the Over to cover in this game with both offenses once again playing impressively.

Prediction:
Over 6.5