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The Calgary Flames will be looking to extend their recent winning streak in Toronto to four games when they wrap up a two-game set with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday as +125 road underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Calgary snapped a three-game slide with a decisive 3-0 win in Monday’s series opener, and has now held Toronto to just two total goals in three straight road wins going into Wednesday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena.
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The Flames’ stingy performance in Monday’s victory as +125 underdogs at online betting sites marks a dramatic turnaround for the team after surrendering 14 total goals in their preceding three-game slide. But apart from a lopsided 7-1 loss in Edmonton this past weekend, the Flames defense has been largely steady on the road. The team has limited opponents to three or fewer goals in seven of nine contests away from Scotiabank Saddledome, and Monday’s win marked their second shutout during that stretch.
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While the challenge facing Calgary is to keep pace offensively, the task for bettors is to closely watch the injury report. The Flames have tallied a meagre 2.14 goals per game over their past seven road dates, and have been limited to just a single goal in three of their past five.
That adds to the pressure on netminder David Rittich, who could be poised to make a second straight start on Wednesday while Jacob Markstrom nurses an upper-body injury. The 28-year-old picked up his first victory of the season on Monday night and has now surrendered just three total goals in three straight victories over Toronto, with the UNDER paying out in each of those contests.
The Maple Leafs face some injury concerns of their own, as they look to rebound from their first shutout loss of the season as -145 home favorites. Goaltender Frederik Andersen missed Monday’s game with a lower-body injury, increasing the likelihood of Michael Hutchinson making his third start in four outings. Hutchinson has been steady, if not spectacular, in his first two outings, stopping 64 of 70 total shots while going 1-1-0. However, the 30-year-old has now allowed 10 total goals in three straight losses to Calgary.
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Question marks also swirl around the status of forwards Joe Thornton and Zach Hyman, while the loss of Jake Muzzin due to a broken facial bone is a blow to the Toronto defense. However, the Maple Leafs have developed a track record of resilience on home ice, avoiding consecutive losses in regulation since December 2019. Toronto also sports a solid 7-0-3 record in its past 10 home contests immediately following a loss in regulation.
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