Toronto Maple Leafs (10-9-4) at Vancouver Canucks (10-12-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +109 / Toronto Maple Leafs -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to shake out of their ugly road losing ways as they head into Rogers Arena to do battle with the Vancouver Canucks.
The Buds have had a tough time closing out games on the road this season and while they split their games in Alberta they now head into Vancouver to face off against the Canucks who are in the midst of a woeful slide against Eastern Conference foes. Toronto has been an exciting and competitive team to watch this season and a lot of credit goes to the play of their youngsters as both Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have been electric and they will be on display on Saturday night in what should be a great game. Frederik Andersen is expected to get the nod as he will match up against Ryan Miller who had a great start to the season but has started to slip a little bit of late.
The Canucks got off to a fast start but followed it up with a lengthy losing skid and have been playing pretty underwhelming hockey over the last few weeks as they are 6-14 in their last 20 games overall and 6-20 in their last 26 when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous outing. Vancouver was expected to hit a bit of a regression this season as they have fallen far from their Cup contender days at the turn of the decade and with a top end draft pick expected in the offseason from some circles I think the reset button could be hit pretty soon.
The Leafs are 4-1 in their last five playing on two days rest and 6-2 in their last eight against the Pacific while the Canucks are 1-4 in their last five Saturday games and 5-12 in their last 17 against a team with a losing record. This Canucks side is a mess and I don’t think it gets any better tonight as the Leafs rebound after an ugly loss to Calgary.