Where: Rogers Arena
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 10:00 pm ET
We have a non-conference NHL matchup to consider for Tuesday when the Toronto Maple Leafs meet the Vancouver Canucks for game one of their two-game season series. Toronto is 14-13-4 this season and enters this matchup coming off a road win over St Louis. Vancouver is 15-11-4 this season and are riding a two-game winning streak entering this contest.
Toronto Defeats St LouisToronto is fifth in the Atlantic Division standings and 14 points away from the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the division. They’ve lost three of their last five games and have been outscored 17-13 over that five-game period. Auston Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 33 points with a team high 18 goals, including five power-play goals. Morgan Reilly leads Toronto with 18 assists this season.
The Maple Leafs power-play unit is tenth in the NHL with a 20.9 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is twenty-fifth in the National Hockey League with a 76.5 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Frederik Anderson is likely tending to the twine, and he’s 14-7-3 this season with a 2.54 GAA and a 91 percent save percentage. Anderson stopped 26 shots en route to a 5-2 road win over the St Louis Blues in his last start.
Canucks Two Game Winning StreakVancouver has won three of its last five games including consecutive victories over Ottawa and Buffalo. The Canucks are fourth in the Pacific Division standings and six points behind division leader Edmonton. Vancouver has outscored its opponents 24-20 and is led by Elias Pettersson with 33 points, J.T. Miller with 13 goals including six power-play goals and Quinn Hughes has a team high 22 helpers this season.
The Canucks have a 27.2 percent power-play success rate that ranks fourth in the NHL and an 81.4 percent penalty kill rate that ranks fifteenth in the NHL this season.
Jacob Markstrom is likely tending to the twine in this matchup and he’s 8-7-3 this season with a 2.70 GAA along with a 91 percent save percentage. Markstrom stopped 25 of 28 shots on goal for a 3-2 home loss to Edmonton on the first of December.
The top supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are:
- Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Maple Leafs are 2-8 in their last 10 Tuesday games.
- Canucks are 10-1 in their last 11 vs. Atlantic.
- Canucks are 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games.