Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (34-23-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (34-23-8)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -185 / Vancouver Canucks +166 --- Over/Under: 6.5

TV: RSNO, RSNP

The Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Vancouver Canucks need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 25 goals, Quinn Hughes has 42 assists and Tanner Pearson has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 117 goals on 1,420 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 59 goals on 627 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 43 goals, Mitch Marner has 47 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 137 goals on 1,460 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 48 goals on 421 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 17 games.

The Canucks are 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games, 13-6 in their last 19 vs. Atlantic and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 26-9 in their last 35 vs. Pacific and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. The over is 5-0 in Canucks last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in Maple Leafs last 6 overall. The Canucks are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto. The favorite is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off a couple of solid victories to improve their playoff odds, and they should be able to keep that momentum going against a Vancouver team that's had issues stringing wins together lately and hasn't played well on the road. The Toronto Maple Leafs have also won six of the last nine meetings against the Canucks. The Toronto Maple Leafs should have some pep in their step after the Thursday win over the Florida Panthers. Give me the Maple Leafs and the PL. 

Randy’s Pick Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.