The Toronto Maple Leafs (26-11-2) and the Vancouver Canucks (19-19-4) meet on Saturday evening at the Scotiabank Arena.
Prior to facing the Vancouver Canucks, the Maple Leafs faced the Minnesota Wild on home-ice on Thursday evening. Their last game prior to that was on Saturday, when they suffered a heavy 4-0 loss on home-ice to the New York Islanders, having won their previous five games in succession before that.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.69 Goals per Game, which places them high up in 2nd in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.79 Goals per Game, which leaves them a solid 7th place overall. On an individual basis, John Tavares has 26 goals this season, while Mitch Marner has recorded 40 assists.
The Canucks had games at the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and Thursday evening respectively prior to their game with the Maple Leafs. Their last result prior to that was a 4-0 loss on the road at the New Jersey Devils on New Year’s Eve.
The Canucks are currently averaging 2.93 Goals per Game, which leaves them in 17th position in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.12 Goals per Game, which places them 21st in the overall standings. On an individual basis, Elias Pettersson is the main source of both goals and assists for the Canucks, with 19 and 20 respectively.
A win for the Maple Leafs has to be the obvious betting prediction in this game, particularly being on home-ice and with the Canucks having had a busy schedule over the last few days. The Maple Leafs have to be the tips on the Money Line in this game.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs