Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (35-15-4) vs Vancouver Canucks (27-23-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -275 / Vancouver Canucks +200 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Vancouver Canucks in Saturday NHL Action.

The Vancouver Canucks come into this road contest with an overall record of 27-23-6. Through 56 games, the Canucks are 6th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 158 times, good for a rank of 22nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vancouver is the 15th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.82 goals per game. So far, the Canucks have a strength of schedule rating of 15th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 19th ranked team in the NHL.

The Toronto Maple Leafs get set to host the Vancouver Canucks with an overall record of 35-15-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Atlantic division. Through 54 games, the Maple Leafs have scored 198 goals, giving them an average of 3.63. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. On defense, Toronto is the 13th ranked unit, giving up 2.89 goals per contest. So far, the Maple Leafs have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Toronto's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 6th in the NHL.

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Through 54 games, the Vancouver Canucks goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller with 61 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.9%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 39 assists to go along with his 4 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.6 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 51 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goal and overall scoring leader is Auston Matthews, with 68 points. He has reached his mark of 37 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.5%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mitch Marner, who has 36 assists to go along with his 21 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +17. Toronto's top goalie is Jack Campbell, who is giving up an average of 2.55 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Vancouver's 56 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 28-24. So far, the Canucks have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 16 of their 28 road games. Heading into their game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canucks have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 23 goals, accounting for 61.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.77 goals per game 4 times. In a surprise upset, I'm taking the Canucks to knock off the Maple Leafs.

 

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