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The Toronto Maple Leafs take to the west coast ice in a Wednesday night event against the scuffling Vancouver Canucks. The Leafs have won five of their last six, all by margin. The Canucks have dropped six of their last seven and are 2-8 across their last 10 overall. NHL Preview and Free Pick: Leafs -1.5 pucks vs Canucks
Mitch Marner has done a lot of the lifting in the team’s 5-1-0 run. The right winger has a trio of three-point performances over the last four games. Marner collected a goal and two assists in Monday’s 6-2 rout of the Calgary Flames. Marner’s line-mate, John Tavares, has finally found his line slot and his scoring prowess. Tavares has scored four goals and set up five others in his last seven games overall. and also tallied in the
The Canucks suffered a 3-0 shutout on the Vegas Strip in their last contest. Vancouver combined for two spans of ice time, over 24 minutes in total, in which they didn’t record a shot on goal in the loss to the Golden Knights.
Jacob Markstrom was stellar in goal at T-Mobile Arena. Markstrom turned aside a season-high 45 shots in the loss. Across his last two starts the Canucks netminder has registered 88 saves in 93 shots on goal.
During the Maple Leafs last six games, winners of five, the Toronto offense has averaged nearly six goals per win. Note that the Leafs were favorites of -186 or larger in four of those victories, vs Montreal, Buffalo, Edmonton and at Calgary, respectively.
Mar 4, 2019 @ CAL W 6-2 W +118 O 6.5
Mar 2, 2019 BUF W 5-2 W -255 O 6.5
Feb 28, 2019 @ NYI L 1-6 L +117 O 5.5
Feb 27, 2019 EDM W 6-2 W -235 O 6.5
Feb 25, 2019 BUF W 5-3 W -230 O 6.5
Feb 23, 2019 MON W 6-3 W -186 O 6.0
The last time these two met the Leafs blanked the Canucks by a 5-0 final.
Toronto is 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite of -201 or greater. The group is a perfect 5-0 in their last 5 games skating on 1 days’ rest. Furthermore the Leafs have a 20-6 mark in their last 26 versus the Pacific Division.
When Toronto plays the role of favorite they have cashed for their backers at a money-making 52-22 clip.
Conversely the Canucks are 4-17 in their last 21 games as a home underdog when the money line is between +151 to +200. Vancouver is 0-5 in their last 5 overall as a dog and when they a +200 puppy or larger they have dropped their last five straight up (0-5).
NHL Preview and Free Pick: Leafs -1.5 pucks vs Canucks