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Maple Leafs vs Canucks 04/18/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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The Vancouver Canucks are 2-0 in their last two games against the Toronto Maple Leafs since going 0-5 in their previous five games against them. The Canucks will make their much-anticipated return to the ice on Sunday night at home against the Maple Leafs.

Vancouver is a +239 home underdog on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Toronto (-270) enters this game in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

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Maple Leafs vs Canucks | OddsShark Matchup Report

The Canucks also enter this matchup on a three-game losing streak, though their most recent action came all the way back on March 24. Vancouver was hit hard by a coronavirus outbreak in April and was forced to postpone 10 scheduled games from March 31 through April 16. The NHL is hoping to find a way to make all of these games up, which could set the stage for a grueling stretch run for Vancouver. The Canucks are 12 points out of a playoff spot with only five games in hand on the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens.

The team returns with a 16-18-3 record this season and with a 9-9-2 record at home.

Auston Matthews missed Thursday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets with a wrist injury and is listed as questionable to return on Sunday. Matthews has eight goals in seven games so far in April and is the NHL’s goal scoring leader by a comfortable margin with 32 goals in 40 games played this season. The Maple Leafs have lost each of their last three games since going 9-0-1 over their previous 10 games. Toronto still sits atop the North Division with 60 points and a 28-12-4 record.

Sunday night’s total is set at 6.5 goals at online sports betting sites. The UNDER is 6-0 in Toronto’s last six road games against Vancouver.

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J.T. Miller criticized the NHL for rushing the Canucks back before the team has had time to fully recover from the lingering side effects of COVID-19. With multiple players still out due to the outbreak and others still at less than 100% conditioning as they try to recover, it’s difficult to imagine what kind of state the Canucks will be in when they take the ice on Sunday night.

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