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NHL bets to make on Saturday

NHL bets to make on Saturday
The Minnesota Wild continue to tear up the NHL this season. The Western Conference leaders will look to keep rolling on Saturday when they host the visiting Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center. In other action, the Maple Leafs and Senators are set to face off in another edition of the Battle of Ontario.

Best online NHL bets on Saturday

By Angelo Montilla

Here are a few NHL betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of BetOnline.

Minnesota Wild (-155) vs. Nashville Predators (+140)

Wild

Central Division rivals will square off on Saturday night when the first-place Minnesota Wild host the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild sit first in the division and have won seven of their last 10 games heading into action on Saturday, where they’re the -155 favorites on a home ice.

The Wild have been nearly unbeatable at Xcel Energy Center, posting a remarkable 20-7-1 record this season. The Predators have been average of late — winning just five of their last 10 games — as they head to Minnesota as +140 underdogs.

The driving force behind Minnesota’s incredible season has been Devan Dubnyk, who is having a Vezina Trophy-worthy season in goal. Dubnyk leads the NHL in goals against average (1.97), save percentage (.933) and wins (31). The Predators, on the other hand, have also been defensively sound, allowing 148 goals against this season with ranks 10th overall in the NHL.

The head-to-head history between these two teams has been fairly even, with the Wild winning six of the last 10 meetings.

Considering an over/under wager? BetOnline has set the total goals projection at 5.5, but expect this matchup to be a low-scoring affair.

Pick: Minnesota Wild (-155) and the Under (5.5)

Toronto Maple Leafs (-131) vs. Ottawa Senators (+120)

Leafs

The Maple Leafs will look to get back into the win column without their leading scorer on Saturday when they take on the Ottawa Senators in the Battle of Ontario.

Mitch Marner is sidelined with a shoulder injury for the Maple Leafs, who head into Saturday’s highly anticipated matchup as -131 favorites at the Air Canada Centre, where they have a 14-9-4 record.

The Senators are clinging on to No. 2 in the Atlantic Division despite winning five of their last 10 games. The Sens head to Toronto as appealing +120 underdogs.

The Senators will want to stay out of the penalty box against the Maple Leafs, who boast the second best power play in the NHL with a 23.2 percent rating.

Marner’s absence will mean more pressure to score on rookie of the year candidate Auston Matthews, whose 27 goals ranks tied for fourth in the NHL.

If you’re putting your money on total goals, BetOnline’s projection is set at 5.5. These clubs tend to play higher-scoring games when they clash. Expect the same on Saturday night with the Leafs pulling out the win.

Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs (-131) and the Over (5.5)

Chicago Blackhawks (-142) vs. Edmonton Oilers (+129)

Oilers

The Chicago Blackhawks are in cruise control, winning five straight and seven of their last 10 as they look to keep their streak alive on Saturday against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

The Blackhawks sit second in the Central Division with 75 points — seven behind the Minnesota Wild — as they enter play on Saturday as -142 favorites.

The Oilers are in a battle of their own, deadlocked for third in the Pacific Division with the Anaheim Ducks at 70 points apiece. Winners of back-to-back games, the Oilers head to Chicago as intriguing +129 underdogs.

If there were any worried of McDavid being entrenched in a sophomore slump, the 19-year-old has quashed those ideas. McDavid leads the league with 66 points — just two ahead of Sidney Crosby.

The total goals projection for this match has been set at 5. As two of the most offensively gifted teams are set to take the ice, expect the Hawks and Oilers to surpass that mark with Edmonton squeaking out the hard-fought victory.

Pick: Edmonton Oilers (+129) and the Over (5)

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