Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Predictions, NHL Picks 2/29/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+166) Maple Leafs (-185)
Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs (34-23-8, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) host the Vancouver Canucks (34-23-6, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The moneyline on this contest has the Canucks priced at +166 and the Maple Leafs are at -185. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Canucks cover 51.7% of the time, having gone 31-29 SU. The Maple Leafs cover 51.6% of the time, going 33-31 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks head into this game with a record of 34 wins and 23 losses, which is good for 2nd in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 206 goals which ranks them 4th in the Western Conference and 10th in the league. Their goal differential is +14, which is good for 12th in the league. The Canucks have earned a total of 74 pts, which ranks them 16th in the league and 6th in the conference. When it comes to shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 1,963 which ranks them 10th in the West and 21st in the league. As a group, Vancouver currently has a total of 1,145 hits which means they have an average of 18.2 per contest. They have earned a total of 828 blocks for the year. The goalie for Vancouver is Thatcher Demko from San Diego, California. He is 24 years old and has totaled 1,229 minutes in goal for the campaign. Demko is allowing 3.08 goals per contest which has him ranking 29th among Western Conference goaltenders and 53rd in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 63 goals. He has a save % of .903 which has him ranking 27th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Vancouver Canucks will need a bounce back game after taking a 5 - 2 loss against the Ottawa Senators in their last contest. The Canucks didn't have their best offensive outing in this loss. While out there on the ice, they netted 2 of the 34 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Vancouver racked up a total of 7 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Canucks was 58 and the Corsi against was 61 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 48.7%. Their Fenwick was 42 while the Fenwick against sat at 35, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.5%. They took 25 face-off wins and lost 23 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 58.3% and they had a PDO of 83.4 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Ottawa Senators put up 25 shots. They finished with 9 minutes in the box and they had 1 power play chance.
The Maple Leafs will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 34 victories and 23 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 8th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the NHL with +16. They have a total of 228 goals for the year which is 1st in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has a save % as a team of .898 which has them 26th in the NHL, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 10.6% which puts them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen who is having a rough year by surrendering 2.98 GAA and that ranks him 23rd among East goaltenders and 46th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,822 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 140 goals. He holds a save % of .906, which ranks him 22nd among East goaltenders and 44th among goalies in the NHL.
The Toronto Maple Leafs squared up with the Florida Panthers in a game where the Maple Leafs notched a victory by a final score of 5 - 3. In this matchup, Toronto earned a 47.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 47 while their opponent had a Corsi of 52. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 49.3% by notching a Fenwick of 35 and the Panthers earning a 36 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Toronto had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 109.3 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 56.3%. The Maple Leafs converted 5 goals of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play chance in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Panthers had 1 power play opportunity but were not able to notch a goal. Toronto gave up 27 shots on goal and the Panthers racked up 7 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto (-185)
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