Face-off: 1900 ET, 18/12/2021
Arena: Rogers Arena
Vancouver have stepped things up since Bruce Boudreau took over as coach and are one of the hottest teams in the NHL ahead of taking on Toronto.
The Canucks are on a six-game winning streak and we think they will extend that even further when the Maple Leafs travel across Canada.
A home win by one goal at 8.75 is the first of our Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs predictions.
Vancouver Canucks Odds
Vancouver have enjoyed a major resurgence after a poor start to the season.
They have not lost in regulation time in eight of their last nine games and we think home ice against their Canadian rivals will help them here.
The Canucks to win with over 4.5 goals in the game looks good value at NHL odds for this contest.
Vancouver have not lost the first period in 12 of their last 13 games and we think they can again come out on top in the opening stanza here at 2.95.
Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Toronto have won their last two games to move to a share of top spot in the Atlantic Division but they face a tough task against one of the form teams in the NHL.
The Maple Leafs have scored first in seven of their last nine games and some punters may like them to break the deadlock again here at 2.10.
However, we’re more interested in the visitors to outscore their hosts in the third period in our NHL predictions, being 33-28 up on them in that stanza so far this season.
Toronto to win P3 at 2.30 looks enticing but that may be too little, too late with the form Vancouver are in.
San Jose 2-5 VANCOUVER
Edmonton 1-5 TORONTO
Head-to-head: Toronto 5-1 Vancouver, Toronto 4-1 Vancouver, Vancouver 6-3 Toronto, Vancouver 3-2 Toronto
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