The Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 22 goals, Nikolay Goldobin has 18 assists and Bo Horvat has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 87 goals on 969 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 37 goals on 353 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 26 goals, Mitch Marner has 40 assists and Morgan Rielly has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 74 goals on 965 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 28 goals on 295 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Canucks are 18-37 in their last 55 road games, 6-13 in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Maple Leafs are 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Western Conference, 35-16 in their last 51 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Canucks are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and 14-6 in the last 20 meetings. The over is 12-4 in Maple Leafs last 16 overall. The under is 4-1-2 in Canucks last 7 overall.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are producing overs left and right in their games due to their high powered offense and a defense that's been a bit shaky the last couple of weeks. The Vancouver Canucks have found some offense all of a sudden, scoring three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games. The over has also been a popular trend in most games when the Canucks and Maple Leafs square off. I'm not a fan of laying massive juice in hockey, so instead of being forced to take a bad number, I'm siding with the over in this contest.