Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Prediction 12/10/19

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The Toronto Maple Leafs, fueled by Auston Matthews and William Nylander, are ready to take the ice against Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena for an East-West showdown. Sportsnet Pacific will showcase the matchup, which gets going at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 10.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds

The Maple Leafs (-120) are tabbed as the favorites over the Canucks (+100). The Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals and initially opened at -110 for the over and -110 for the under. Those odds have moved, however, and they now sit at -120 money on the over, +100 on the under.

Vancouver is 15-15 straight up (SU) and has recorded -0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Pacific Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 35-47 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Of its 30 games this season, 17 have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 7-6 SU at home this year.

The Canucks have converted on 26.1 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for fourth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.4 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .913 save percentage and 28.7 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (8-10-3) has been the top goalkeeper for Vancouver this season. If Vancouver decides to give him the night off, however, the team could go with Thatcher Demko (7-5-5 record, .906 save percentage, 3.00 goals against average).

On the other hand, Toronto is 14-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.2 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 31 regular season matches, 17 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. The Maple Leafs are 7-9 SU as a road team this season.

The Maple Leafs have converted on 20.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.5 percent of all penalties.

Frederik Andersen (28.5 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Toronto. Andersen has 14 wins, 10 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit, and has registered a .918 save percentage and 2.54 goals against average this year.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The Canucks are 5-3 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Maple Leafs are 6-8 SU when they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
  • Vancouver is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Toronto is 1-2 in shootouts.
  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their past five matchups.
  • Toronto is ranked 22nd this season with 11.1 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended lower recently, however, as the team’s averaged 8.1 giveaways over its last 10 games and 9.4 giveaways over its last five.
  • Vancouver skaters have averaged 8.0 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 8.9 giveaways per game (the 7th-fewest in the league).