Oilers, Flames both favourites on Saturday NHL odds

Four Canadian teams will be in action on Saturday when the NHL postseason finally gets underway, starting with the Edmonton Oilers taking on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference qualifying series as -150 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Edmonton makes its return to the playoff picture following a two-year absence, but has plenty of work to do to reverse its shaky 1-3-0 record in four previous meetings with Chicago going into Saturday afternoon’s matchup at Rogers Place.

The Oilers closed out the abbreviated regular season schedule with losses in three of their final four games. However, with the lengthy pause in the season allowing the team to recover from a rash of injuries to key personnel, including captain Connor McDavid, the Oilers have emerged as strong -175 favourites at online betting sites to knock off the 12th-seeded Blackhawks, and sit as a +400 wager to sweep the series.

The Blackhawks open their first playoff series in three years pegged as +130 Game 1 underdogs. Chicago posted a mediocre 32-38-8 record this season, but ended its schedule with wins in five of its final seven contests.

Later on Saturday, the Montreal Canadiens enter Game 1 of their best-of-five series with the Pittsburgh Penguins as +145 underdogs, while the late game has the Calgary Flames taking on the Winnipeg Jets as -120 chalk.

Losers of eight in a row on two occasions, the Canadiens struggled badly over the final four weeks of the season, posting wins in just four of their final 14 contests. Montreal also came out flat in this week’s exhibition clash with Toronto, failing to convert on six power play opportunities while …read more

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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