The Edmonton Oilers will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday and all eyes will be on the game to see the first meeting between Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews. Both are considered to be franchise players and representative of the future of the NHL. Current NHL betting odds on Sports Interaction have the Oilers as the slight -125 favorite in this matchup.
The Oilers are on a bit of a tear right now, having won five of their last six games. They’ve averaged 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8% of their power plays. Team captain Connor McDavid leads his team with five goals. In his second season, McDavid became the youngest captain in league history when the Oilers gave him the honor in the beginning of October.
Wayne Gretzky went on the record recently saying that McDavid is the best 19-year-old player he has ever seen. In an interview with USA Today, Gretzky remarked that McDavid is better than he was at 19. Milan Lucic has three assists and Jordan Eberle has 29 shots on goal.
The Oilers are looking sharp on defense as well, allowing only 2.1 goals per game and killing 89.7% of their short handed shifts. Cam Talbot has given up 18 goals on 280 shots faced. Edmonton has allowed two or less goals overall in their last six games. The Oilers are the -125 favorites in this game.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs haven’t been doing quite as well. They’ve dropped six of their last seven games and are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 25% of their power plays. Auston Matthews is at the top of the scoring heap in Toronto with six goals, and fans are hoping that this first meeting between him and McDavid will spark the team to a much needed win. When discussing the impact Matthews has on hockey, Flames President Brian Burke said”
“Matthews is more workmanlike, less sizzle, but still making a huge impact. They are two studs who are already impact players.”
Right behind Matthews on the score tally is William Nylander, who has seven assists. In the defense department, the Leafs are letting in an average of 3.8 goals per game. Netminder Frederik Andersen has given up 26 goals on 210 shots faced and his backup Jhonas Enroth has allowed eight goals on 62 shots.
Leafs vs. Oilers Prediction