Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs – Preview, Tips and Odds

Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs – Preview, Tips and Odds

Two Canadian teams clash on Saturday in the NHL, with the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting the Vancouver Canucks on their road trip for this game at the Rogers Arena, Vancouver.

The Canucks have been transitioning since relieving a lot of their staff, and things appear to be heading in a much better direction now within the franchise. The Leafs have started strong, they have hopes of winning the Atlantic Division, and going deep into the playoffs.

Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Head to Head

The Canucks and Leafs have not played each other this season, however, there is a lot of form to go on from last season, because these two teams met numerous times in the Canadian Division.

They played nine times last season, Toronto won the first three, then Vancouver won four straight games and then Toronto won the last two, leaving the head-to-head record from last season at 5-4 to Toronto.

One very intriguing angle of that head-to-head is that the home team won every single game, so the four games that were played in Vancouver, like this one will be, were all won by the Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks Form

The Canucks started the season terribly, which led to head coach and GM changes within the franchise. Things appear to be better now, and that is highlighted by their recent form.

In the first 20 games of the season, Vancouver won six times. In the last 10 games, they have won seven times, so it is clear to see the difference, which has led to this team being a lot more confident on the puck.

On Tuesday night, the Canucks added another win to their tally with a 4-3 home victory over Columbus. The Canucks were down 3-0 in that one but rallied to win 4-3, something that would not have happened with this team earlier in the season, they didn’t have the belief or desire to do something like that.

No player has scored 10 goals yet, but J.T Miller is close with nine on the season and 29 total points from 30 games played. Conor Garland and Bo Horvat also have nine goals, so someone will hit the double-figure barrier shortly.

Toronto Maple Leafs Form

The Toronto Maple Leafs lead the Atlantic Division with an impressive 20 wins from 30 games so far. While everyone talks about the Leafs for their offensive production, they have been excellent defensively this season, and Jack Campbell in goal has been rock solid, which has helped them considerably.

In what should have been a fiercely contested game on Tuesday night, the Leafs ran out comfortable 5-1 winners over the Edmonton Oilers, with two goals from Auton Matthews on the night.

On the year, Matthews leads the team with 33 points from 27 games, with 20 of those being goals. John Tavares is right behind him with 32 points from the 29 games he has played. William Nylander is the other person on the roster with more than 10 goals, he has 13 so far.

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