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Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks
Date & Time Wednesday March 6, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Line
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -177 / Vancouver Canucks +145 -- Over/Under: 6
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 37 goals, Mitch Marner has 57 assists and Morgan Rielly has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 122 goals on 1,599 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 41 goals on 419 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a win after losing 11 of their last 14 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 26 goals, Bo Horvat has 25 assists and Brock Boeser has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 137 goals on 1,596 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed eight goals on 63 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 games.

The Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 52-22 in their last 74 games as a favorite and 17-8 in their last 25 games as a road favorite. The Canucks are 4-14 in their last 18 games playing on 2 days rest, 0-5 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Maple Leafs are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 6-0 in Maple Leafs last 6 overall. The under is 6-1 in Canucks last 7 overall.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in one of these winning stretches where the defense steps up and the offense takes over. The Maple Leafs have also been nothing but money as a favorite this season. The Vancouver Canucks remain unbackable with just wins since February and a defense that gets rocked nightly. The Maple Leafs have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Canucks, including outscoring them 8-2 in the last two meetings. I'll lay the juice.

Pick:
Toronto Maple Leafs -177

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