Canucks at Maple Leafs 1/5/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vancouver Canucks
Date & Time: 1/6/2019, 12:00 AM UTC
Latest Odds: TOR -245 Total 6.5
TV Channel: SNO

The Vancouver Canuckshave struggled most of the season, but here recently the Canucks have actually been able to pick up some wins and they have been getting them against some decent teams even. However, the Canucks are one of those teams that can actually win some games but at the same time they're going to look horrible in the next game. The last outing at the Vancouver Canucks had was a loss to the Montreal Canadiens in which they were shut out in the game 2-0.

Heading into this game one of the issues is the fact that the offense is scoring at a clip of 2.95 goals a game which isn't bad except for the fact that the defense is allowing 3.12 goals-per-game. When it comes to the power play the Canucks have been able to convert at only 18.6% clip when the penalty kill is actually doing so so as they are killing off 77.6%.
The Canucks opponent in this game is actually the Toronto Maple Leaves who are second in the Atlantic division who trail the Tampa Bay Lightning by 12 points. The Maple Leafs have lost two straight and in both of those games the Maple Leafs defense has allowed four goals. The first loss the Maple Leafs got came as a complete shutout as the Maple Leafs offense was unable to score against the New York Islanders and in the second game the Maple Leafs actually let the Minnesota Wild to score four goals and they were only able to respond with three goals.

Heading into this game the Toronto Maple Leafs offense has been actually pretty good as it is ranked second in the NHL with 3.69 goals per game. The defense is ranked 7th as the Maple Leafs are usually only giving up 2.79 goals-per-game. When it comes to the power play conversion the Maple Leafs are sitting decent at 23.8% and the penalty kill isn't the best but it's not horrible as they are killing off 79.6% of the power plays.

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Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic.
Maple Leafs are 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
Over is 5-2-2 in Canucks last 9 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation.
Over is 8-0 in Maple Leafs last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

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While the Maple Leafs have struggled in the past couple games they are going to show up decent in this game here. The Canucks defense is not the best and offensively the Canucks have struggled and is sitting under three goals a game on average. On the road the Canucks are not that good at all as most of their losses have piled up on them on the road. The Maple Leafs also want to prove that the past two losses are a fluke and definitely not something that is not going to be repeated. Look for the Maple Leafs to come into this game and rely on the strong offense, but they do have a stellar defense that stops the Canucks offense in its tracks. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 4-2.

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