Vancouver Canucks (6-8) at Toronto Maple Leafs (8-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -185 / Vancouver Canucks +165 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to bounce back after ending up on the wrong end of a 7-3 beatdown loss to Toronto in their last matchup. Quinn Hughes leads the Canucks in scoring with 15 points including a team-high 14 assists while Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller each have 13 points with Boeser logging 8 goals with 5 assists and Miller posting 10 assists this season. Bo Horvat has 6 goals and 6 helpers for his 12 points while Elias Pettersson has 9 points with 4 goals and 5 assists. Tanner Pearson has 8 points with 4 goals and 4 assists and Nils Hoglander has 7 points with 3 goals and 4 assists. Thatcher Demko and Braden Holtby each have 3 wins with a combined average GAA of 3.72 this season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to add another win to the column after their beatdown victory over the Canucks last time out. Mitch Marner leads the Leafs with 17 points including 6 goals and 11 assists while William Nylander and Auston Matthews each have 12 points with Nylander logging 8 assists while Matthews has tallied 8 goals. John Tavares has 11 points with 5 goals and 6 helpers and Morgan Rielly has 9 points with 8 assists while Jason Spezza’s chipped in 4 goals and 4 helpers for his 8 points this season. Frederik Andersen’s seen the bulk of the action in goal for Toronto, going 6-3 with a 3.01 GAA this season.
Vancouver is 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 home games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Vancouver is 0-8 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.
This is a lot of plus money to leave on the table with a talented Vancouver team with guys like Boeser, Petterson and Hughes in the lineup, but the goaltending has been brutal to say the least for the Canucks and Braden Holtby has looked like a shell of his former Vezina trophy winning self while Thatcher Demko hasn’t had much success against anyone that isn’t the Ottawa Senators. Toronto is clicking right now and firing on all cylinders and while I don’t think we see the same beating from Toronto in the rematch, but I do think the Leafs win this one by a couple so I’ll back Toronto on the puck line in this spot.