The Vancouver Canucks will look to ‘double down’ on the explosive Toronto Maple Leafs when the North Division rivals meet this betting online Saturday night. Toronto is sitting atop the North standings with the best record in the NHL. Vancouver is mired in sixth place in the division standings, 16 points behind the Leafs.
After upsetting Toronto on Thursday night, let’s find out if Vancouver can get the sportsbook betting win for the second straight game. The NHL odds for this Saturday night division clash will be offering a ton of value when they go live.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks
When: Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
TV: NHLN, CBC, SNO, SNP
Leafs Look To Rebound Following Rare Loss
Simply put, Toronto has been the best team in the NHL this season. Still, the Maple Leafs suffered a surprising 3-1 loss against Vancouver on Thursday night that snapped their four-game winning streak.
Pierre Engvall scored Toronto’s only goal of the game off an assist from Ilya Mikheyev, but Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko turned back 32 shots to get the win.
″(Demko’s) a great goalie,” Toronto’s Auston Matthews said. “He played really well tonight, he made a couple big saves for them. We had some quality opportunities there, especially at the end. He came up big so sometimes you just have to tip your hat.”
The Leafs have gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 games. Toronto ranks a stellar second in scoring (3.5 GPG), but have something this season that they’ve lacked in previous years. Toronto has long been one of the best offensive teams in the NHL, but this season, the Leafs have an outstanding defense. Yes, you read that right.
Toronto ranks an impressive sixth in fewest shots allowed per game, and fourth-fewest goals allowed per game (2.4 GPG).
Canucks Looking For Consistency
Vancouver picked up a much-needed win on Thursday to move to 2-1 over its last three games. Jake Virtanen scored twice on Thursday and Bo Horvat added another goal. Thatcher Demko was phenomenal in goal.
“It felt good in a win. If you lose, it probably wouldn’t have felt as great,” Virtanen said of his goals. “It always feels a lot better when you win. When you win games, we have fun. When you lose, you’re not having fun and you’re kind of miserable. So it was a big win for us tonight.”
In spite of their confidence-boosting win, the Canucks are still in search of consistency. Vancouver is 2-5 over the last seven games and has been horrific defensively this season. The Canucks rank a dismal 30th in shots allowed per game (32.8) and 29th in goals allowed per game (3.4 GPG).
Analysis and Prediction
Vancouver might have gotten the upset on Thursday night, but I don’t see the Canucks doubling down on that effort on Saturday night.
Vancouver has gone a decent 6-6-2 at home this season, but Toronto is 9-2-1 on the road. With 77 goals scored and 91 allowed, the Canucks are -14 in goal differential. Conversely, Toronto has lit the lamp 88 times while conceding just 59 goals defensively (+29).
The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and the Canucks are 1-5 in their last six home games. The home team in this rivalry is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings and Vancouver is 11-2 in its last 13 home dates against Toronto. Still, Vancouver is 4-12 in its last 16 games and 1-5 in the last six meetings against Toronto.
There’s not a whole lot of thinking that needs to be done for this matchup. Toronto is the far better team at both ends of the ice and the Leafs will be motivated. Toronto wins by two goals at the minimum. It’s that simple.
Toronto 5 Vancouver 2
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