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The Vancouver Canucks fell to 6-8-0 on the season when they lost their third straight game on Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Canucks will try to snap their losing streak on Saturday night when they take on the Maple Leafs again.

Vancouver is a +165 road underdog on the NHL odds in Toronto at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Maple Leafs (-190) are 5-0-1 over their last six games.

Canucks vs Maple Leafs | OddsShark Matchup Report

The Canucks’ struggles in the defensive zone continued to intensify on Thursday in a 7-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. Thatcher Demko was torched for seven goals on 37 shots in Vancouver’s third straight loss. The team now ranks dead last in the NHL in shots allowed per game with 36.1 and 30th in goals against per game at 3.93. In their 11 games against teams in the North Division besides the Ottawa Senators, the Canucks have allowed a staggering 4.73 goals per game.

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With Thursday’s loss, Vancouver fell to 0-8 on the moneyline in its last eight road games against Toronto per the OddsShark NHL Database. The Canucks will get two more shots at a win on Saturday and on Monday.

Jason Spezza scored a hat trick and Auston Matthews tallied a pair of goals in Toronto’s blowout win over Vancouver. The Maple Leafs certainly look the part of a legitimate Stanley Cup contender with an 8-2-1 record over their first 11 games of the 2021 season. Of course, Toronto has put together a few strong regular seasons of late; the real question will be whether or not this squad can take the next step when the playoffs roll around.

Saturday night’s total is set at 6.5 goals at online betting sites. The OVER is 8-3 in Vancouver’s last 11 games.

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Thatcher Demko and Braden Holtby deserve their share of the blame for Vancouver’s poor start to the season, but the defense as a whole in front of them has been terrible as well. Head coach Travis Green has his work cut out for him to get things on the right track before too many games slip away and the Canucks fail to make the postseason.

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