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The Vancouver Canucks are 1-3-1 in their last five games on the road. The Canucks will try to pass a difficult road test on Saturday when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Vancouver is a +160 road underdog on the NHL odds in Toronto at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Maple Leafs (-180) are 8-2-2 in their last 12 games against the Canucks.
Canucks at Maple Leafs | OddsShark Matchup Report
Thatcher Demko had a rough night on Thursday night allowing four goals on only 24 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on the road. On a brighter note, Tyler Toffoli scored another goal in the defeat; the 27-year-old is enjoying a dream debut with his new team as he has recorded four goals and two assists through his first four games with the Canucks. Vancouver is 4-3 in its last seven games since losing each of its previous four games.
The Canucks are 0-6 on the moneyline in their last six road games against the Maple Leafs per the OddsShark NHL Database. The Maple Leafs breezed to a 5-0 win in Vancouver’s last trip to Toronto.
The Maple Leafs made the surprising move to stay pat at the trade deadline, opting against trading away future assets for reinforcements on this year’s Stanley Cup run. Toronto didn’t need any help on offense as they average the most goals in the NHL at 3.51 goals per game, but on defense the Maple Leafs rank 27th allowing 3.26 goals per game. Some trades for impact players on defense to help offset the team’s injuries at the position could have helped Toronto improve on its 34-23-8 record.
Saturday night’s total is set at 6.5 goals at betting sites. The OVER is 7-1 in Vancouver’s last eight games and 5-1 in Toronto’s last six.
Toronto is narrowly fending off the Florida Panthers to hold on to the third spot in the Atlantic Division while Vancouver is attempting to hold off the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division to earn the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2014-15. The value of these two points to both teams should create a playoff-like atmosphere in Toronto.