It’s an interconference matchup between a pair of teams from north of the border out in Alberta. The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the road as they make the trip to face the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night. Toronto was upended 4-2 on the road by Calgary Thursday night in their last game. Edmonton fell short 6-5 on the road to Minnesota Thursday night in their last game. The Maple Leafs have won the last six meetings between the teams, including a 3-2 road victory in the most recent matchup back on March 9, 2019.
Toronto Maple Leafs Look to Close Road Trip on Positive NoteToronto dropped to 2-1 on their four-game trip that comes to a close here as they were dropped by Calgary Thursday night. The Maple Leafs entered Friday sixth in the Atlantic Division, two points behind Montreal for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 12 behind Boston for the division lead. Toronto is 11th in the league in scoring as they average 3.18 goals per game on the season. The Maple Leafs are 25th in goals against as they allow 3.21 goals per contest. Toronto is 14th in the league on the power play as they convert 19.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Maple Leafs are 25th in penalty killing as they successfully shut down 77.2 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year: they have three shorthanded goals.
Against the Flames, Toronto played two solid periods. Unfortunately, they wilted in the third period and ended up with the loss. The Maple Leafs held a 10-9 edge in shots in the opening period but the game was tied at one after 20 minutes. John Tavares opened the scoring with his 13th of the year at 8:24 off assists from Mitch Marner and Tyson Barrie. Toronto allowed the tying goal later in the period. In the second period, the Maple Leafs held a 13-8 edge in shots and scored the lone goal to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. Marner scored his fifth of the year off an assist from Tavares and Cody Ceci at 14:06 of the period. The third period saw the Maple Leafs with an 11-7 edge in shots on goal but they were outscored 3-0 to end up with the loss. Toronto gave up those three goals in the opening 2:49 of the third period and couldn’t recover. Frederik Andersen made 20 saves in the loss for the Maple Leafs, who held a 34-24 edge in shots on goal in the game.
Edmonton Oilers Try to Get Back in Win ColumnEdmonton suffered their third straight loss and their sixth in the last eight games as they were upended in Minnesota. The Oilers entered Friday two points behind the Coyotes in the Pacific Division race. Edmonton is tied for 14th in the league in scoring with an average of 3.03 goals per game this season. The Oilers are 18th in goals against as they give up 3.06 goals per contest. Edmonton is first in the league with the man advantage as they cash in 32 percent of their chances on the power play this season. The Oilers are 6th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully handle 84.8 percent of their shorthanded situations.
Against Minnesota, the offense was clicking but the defensive zone play was lacking and it cost them two points. The Oilers held a 9-7 edge in shots in the opening period but trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes of play. Oscar Klefbom scored his third of the season at the 8:00 mark to open the scoring off assists from Sam Gagner and James Neal. Edmonton gave up two unanswered goals to trail 2-1 after 20 minutes. The shots were even in the second period but the Oilers were outscored 2-1 to trail 4-2 after 40 minutes of action. Leon Draisaitl scored his 20th of the year at the 2:00 mark, on the power play, with assists going to Connor McDavid and Klefbom, to tie the game at two. Again, Edmonton gave up a pair of unanswered goals to trail 4-2 after 40 minutes. That set the stage for a wild third period of action.
In the final period, Edmonton held a 14-9 edge in shots and a 3-2 edge on the scoreboard but that left them a goal short on the scoreboard as time expired. Gaetan Haas made it a 4-3 game with his third of the year at 10:43 off an assist from Adam Larsson. McDavid scored his 20th of the year off assists from Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse to tie the game at 12:49 of the period. The Oilers gave up a pair of goals to trail 6-4 before Neal scored his 15th of the year off assists from Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 19:11 to make it a one-goal game. Edmonton pressed but couldn’t find the equalizer. Mike Smith made 20 saves in the loss for the Oilers, who held a 33-26 advantage in shots on goal.
The top trends for this contest according to Oddsshark.com:
- Maple Leafs are 6-0 in their last six games vs. the Oilers
- Oilers are 1-5 in their last six at home
- Oilers are 1-4 in their last five overall