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NHL Game Preview - Canucks underdogs vs Maple Leafs at Toronto


Vancouver Canucks

Toronto Maple Leafs
27-23-9 February 08, 2014, 06:00 PM | Air Canada Centre 31-22-6



NHL wagering interest swings to the Toronto vs Vancouver battle on Saturday at Air Canada Centre as the Maple Leafs try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Maple Leafs sport a record of 31-22-6 heading into this matchup, while the Canucks sit at 27-23-9 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 32-24-3 for the Maple Leafs and 20-31-8 for the Canucks.

View Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Maple Leafs as -131 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 20-ranked Maple Leafs and the No. 29-rated Canucks in this matchup.

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In their last action, Vancouver was a 5-2 loser on the road against the Canadiens. Bettors on Montreal at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Toronto won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Lightning on February 6. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at +138 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 2.97 goals per game, against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.66 goals allowed. The Maple Leafs power play is averaging 22.58% while the Canucks defense kills off 84.54% of their penalties.

A few Canucks at Maple Leafs trends to consider:
Vancouver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vancouver's last 7 games
Vancouver is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Vancouver's last 13 games on the road
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 12 games
Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 11 games at home


Next up:
Vancouver home to St. Louis, Wednesday, February 26th
Toronto at New York, Thursday, February 27th

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