February 7, 2014 at 9:47 PM #53165
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
The Vancouver Canucks, losers of six straight games and an astounding 15 of their last 19 games overall head to Toronto to play their last game before the Olympic break Saturday. The waiting Leafs have snapped out of a recent funk and have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games but they have lost an incredible 11 straight games versus Vancouver. One streak will end Saturday night before each team takes a much needed two week break.
Vancouver (27-23-3-6) at Toronto (31-22-2-4)
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 8, 2014
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Canucks vs. Leafs Betting Lines from betonline.com
Vancouver Canucks +1½ -225 +127 Ov 5½ +107
Toronto Maple Leafs -1½ +195 -140 Un 5½ -118
The Vancouver Canucks will be looking to end their longest losing streak in five years Saturday and they get to face a team that they have absolutely owned – 11 straight wins, outscoring the Leafs 49-21 over that span. The Canucks however have been outscored 23-10 during a six game skid and are coming off a 5-2 loss in Montreal Wednesday night.
Henrik Sedin will be out of the lineup for Vancouver Saturday as well defensemen Andrew Alberts (concussion), Christopher Tanev (hand), Kevin Bieksa (foot) and Yannick Weber (upper body) and forward Mike Santorelli (shoulder). A little good news for the Canucks comes in the form of defenseman Dan Hamhuis (undisclosed) who will return after missing two games. Obviously Vancouver will be shorthanded in a big way against the Leafs but that is just one of the many problems facing this team.
Daniel Sedin has not recorded a goal in 18 games or a point in eight, Jason Garrison has just three points in his last 13 games, David Booth is pointless in five games and Jannik Hansen pointless in six. The hottest Canucks are defensemen – newcomer Rafael Diaz has two points in two games and Alex Edler has three points in five games – nothing to write home about!
Daniel however has eight goals and 11 assists during a 10-game point streak against the Maple Leafs.
Roberto Luongo has been absolute money in his career versus Toronto. Lou is 9-0-0 with a 1.91 GAA in his past 10 starts against Toronto. But Luongo enters Saturday night`s game ice cold – 1-4-0 in his last five starts with a 3.64 GAA and .881 save percentage.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on some kind of roll – the Olympic break may actually be a detriment rather than a blessing! They have won six straight games at Air Canada Center, scoring six goals in each of the last two and they are coming off an impressive 4-1 road win in Tampa Bay Thursday night.
Offensively the Leafs are getting it done. Tyler Bozak has three goals in the past four games, Phil Kessel has eight points in four games, James van Riemsdyk has eight goals and seven assists in 14 games, Joffrey Lupul has five points in five games and even David Clarkson has two points in his last two games. Toronto has three lines contributing at the moment – the team as a whole are very tough to handle.
The Leafs goaltending situation has definitely clarified the last month or so – Jonathan Bernier has cemented his place as the true #1 guy. Bernier has the seventh-best save percentage in the League at .926 and continuously holds his team in games despite getting badly outshot.
Betting Prediction: A few trends to consider:
• Under is 10-4-2 in VAN last 16 road games.
• Under is 9-4-1 in VAN last 14 vs. Atlantic.
• Over is 8-0 in TOR last 8 Sat. games.
• Over is 9-1-1 in TOR last 11 home games.
• TOR are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win.
• VAN are 11-0 in the last 11 meetings.
• Over is 18-8 in the last 26 meetings.
One team is playing well at the moment and one team is absolutely brutal right now – not hard to guess which one is which. Throw out all the history and all the stats between these two teams – this is the Leafs game to win. The Canucks can`t score goals, they can`t keep the puck out of their own goal and they will have a third of their American Hockey League Affiliate in uniform Saturday.
Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -140
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