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Maple Leafs Favoured in Upcoming NHL Clash with Blackhawks: Odds & Player Insights

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Game Odds and NHL Betting Preview

Catch the action this Friday as the Toronto Maple Leafs take on Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks in a must-watch NHL showdown. The Maple Leafs, despite a previous 4-1 defeat by the Blackhawks, are positioned as -269 betting favorites for this matchup.

Rookie sensation Connor Bedard, the first overall pick, has been on a scoring streak with 8 points in his recent 5 games. Sportsbooks list him at +160 odds to score at any point during the game. Bedard’s impressive shot tally places him in the league’s top 60, with the over/under for him to achieve more than 2.5 shots at -148/+106.

But the spotlight isn’t solely on Bedard.

Maple Leafs’ star William Nylander has skyrocketed to become the powerhouse forward they anticipated, tallying 27 points in 17 games and ranking fourth in the NHL for shots taken. The over/under for Nylander to make more than 4.5 shots is currently at attractive odds of +109/-153.

Since their last game, which ended with a total of 5 goals, both teams have seen key players hit their stride. With the Maple Leafs’ offense averaging 3.53 goals per game and the Blackhawks’ defense allowing an average of 3.50 goals, the stage is set for a potentially high-scoring affair. The Blackhawks’ defensive time on ice could spell trouble against a Maple Leafs team that excels in offensive zone presence.

The total goals over/under set at 6.5 comes with odds of -128/+105, reflecting the expected intensity of the game.

With William Nylander’s exceptional form, Auston Matthews leading the goal-scoring charts, and a powerplay efficiency nearing 29%, the Blackhawks, including Bedard, Hall, Foligno, and the rest, are bracing for a formidable rematch against the Maple Leafs.

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