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Matthews vs. McDavid Highlights Thursday Sked For NHL Canadians

Matthews vs. McDavid Highlights Thursday Sked For NHL Canadians

Matthews And Leafs Look For Alberta Sweep

While Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid will generate most of the headlines and narratives coming into this game tonight, this is still a team game and those two superstars can't do it all for their respective squads. Toronto enters the contest off a 4-1 win in Calgary on Tuesday night, as they've followed up their six-game win streak with a 2-3 SU mark in their last five.

Sweeping the two-game set through Alberta is tough for any visiting team in this league, but as slight -115 favorites, oddsmakers do believe Toronto holds the edge tonight. However, given all the speed and talent on the ice in this game, bypassing the side and betting on the total may be the better option. Everyone in the country wants to see these two stars at their best in a head-to-head matchup and hopefully that's what we will get.

The total sits at a flat "6", and with Edmonton scoring 3+ goals in five of their last six games, and Toronto ranking 4th in the NHL with 3.50 goals per game, something like a back-and-forth 5-4 type game will surely give major media outlets plenty to write about after this one.

Can Montreal Win Four In A Row?

The Canadiens haven't confirmed if G Carey Price will get the nod again tonight after a 2-1 win over Ottawa 24 hours ago, but given he had a month of with injury and the way the Habs have been rolling with him back in the fold, playing him on consecutive nights seems like a strong possibility. This will be the first time Montreal's played on the road since Price's return as they begin a home-and-home with the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings have hit a downward slide of late as they enter as losers of five straight, although three of those losses have come in OT. While the results aren't exactly there, Detroit can't be too unhappy with their recent play, and with each of the past four meetings with Montreal being decided by a single goal, chances are we will have another tight game on our hands tonight.

With Montreal currently listed as basically a +100 dog, there is a bit of value on backing the hotter team, albeit in the tougher spot tonight.

Will Calgary Be The 4th Different Canadian Team To Lose Vs Arizona As Big Favs?

The Arizona Coyotes only have six wins on the year, but wouldn't you know it, half of them have come against Canadian team. The Coyotes went through Eastern Canada a couple of weeks ago and beat Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in consecutive games at odds of +175, +161, and +200 respectively. They fell 3-2 in OT to Edmonton last time out as +170 underdogs, and find themselves in a similar odds range tonight as +175 underdogs in Calgary against the Flames.

I mentioned earlier that sweeping two-game sets through Alberta are tough for any visiting club in the NHL, but getting a split in those two games is actually rather common.

That means that this Calgary Flames team that has lost three of their last four better be on big time upset alert tonight. With a showdown against the hated Oilers looming on Saturday, Calgary could very well be the 4th Canadian team to lose on home ice against Arizona.

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