Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated May 01, 2021

Even after Toronto dropped four of their last five games against the Canucks, the winner of Saturday night’s matchup will win the season series. Each team has four wins in eight games, and in all eight, it’s been the home team coming out on top.

Vancouver
23-29-3-1
AT
May 01, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
35-14-7
Puckline +1.5 +109
Moneyline +262
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 -131
Moneyline -319
Over / Under u +6

Barring a massive run, Saturday evening will be the final time the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs face off in what’s been a hostile 2021 season series. Toronto’s 4-1 victory over the Canucks on Thursday snapped a four-game losing streak against Vancouver, who’s still sitting in last in the North. On the flip side the Leafs hold a nine-point advantage over Edmonton for first place in the all-Canadian division and are the lone Canadian club to clinch a playoff spot so far.

Puck drop at Scotiabank Arena is set for 7 p.m. EST.

Canucks vs. Maple Leafs Betting Analysis

Even after dropping four of their last five games against the Canucks, the winner of Saturday night’s matchup will win the season series. Each team has four wins in eight games, and in all eight, it’s been the home team coming out on top. Toronto is a -286 home moneyline favourite to keep that streak going. Oddsmakers have the over-under at 6.0 on the NHL odds.

Vancouver’s struggles in Toronto extend further back too, as they’ve dropped 10 in a row in The Six. Overall the Canucks are 7-12-1 on the road for the second-least away wins in 2021. It’s truly a tale of two opposites, with Toronto in first and winners of four straight, while Vancouver’s in last and on a three-game skid.

Vancouver Canucks

Back-to-back wins over Toronto after three-plus weeks off sparked the Canucks’ late push, but losses in four of their last five, three of which against Ottawa, have kept them in last place. Vancouver’s scored nine combined goals in the four losses and haven’t been getting a ton from their top guys.

Bo Horvat’s on a six-game goalless streak, while Brock Boeser has just a single goal in seven games in April. The Canucks are still without Elias Pettersson who’s doubtful to return during the regular season.

On a positive note, both Braden Holtby and Thatcher Demko now have save percentages above .900. Demko’s led the way with 27 games played, 12 wins, and a .915 save percentage.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews’ 36th of the season was the game-winner Thursday and advanced his scoring lead over all NHL players to eight goals. The tally gave Matthews his fifth-straight 60-point season since entering the league in 2016. Over an 82-game season, he’d be on pace for 64 goals.

A two-point night for Mitch Marner kept the Leafs winger in first on the team in points with 62, sitting two ahead of Matthews. William Nylander also scored his 16th of the season and David Rittich got his first win in net since coming over via trade from Calgary.

With a playoff spot, and essentially first place clinched, it’s now about building momentum.

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