The Toronto Maple Leafs will play their first game of February when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Feb. 4. Toronto hasn’t played since Saturday, Jan. 30, while Vancouver has played twice since then. This game is set to get started at 7 p.m. ET from Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
In its last time out, Toronto had its four-game winning streak snapped in a 4-3 road loss in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday to split the two-game series. The Maple Leafs dropped to 7-2-1 through 10 games for 15 total points, second only to the Montreal Canadiens in the North Division. Montreal leads seven-team, all-Canadian division with 16 points and a 7-1-2 record.
For Vancouver, it just finished off a quick two-game series on the road with the Canadiens in which the Canucks lost both and were outscored 11-5 in the process. The final game of the series occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 2 when Montreal earned the 5-3 home victory. Following the two losses, Vancouver dropped to 6-7 for 12 points, which is a tie for fourth place in the North Division along with Edmonton.
Thursday night will feature the first matchup in a three-game series. The two will play again on Saturday, Feb. 6, finishing up on Monday, Feb. 8. These two teams have yet to play each other this season, and the season series will continue with a two-game series in Vancouver taking place in early March.
Be sure to check the injury reports prior to game time for any unforeseen changes. For Toronto, Nicholas Robertson (knee) and Joe Thornton (upper body) are each on the long-term injured reserve list with injuries, and Jack Campbell is out indefinitely with a leg injury.
On the Vancouver side, Michael Ferland (concussion) and Jayce Hawryluk (undisclosed) are both on the long-term injured reserve, and Travis Hamonic on the injured reserve list with an upper body injury.
Vancouver Canucks – Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Odds
Sportsbooks have plenty of odds for bettors and fans to look at as we get closer to the face off on Thursday night. All betting odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
The Canucks have -167 odds to cover the +1.5 puck line, while Toronto is at +138 to cover the 1.5 goals.
Betting Trends: In each of their seven losses this season, the Canucks have lost all of them by more than 1.5 goals. On the other side, Toronto has won just one game by more than 1.5 goals this year.
Oddsmakers believe Thursday night’s game will be fairly high scoring as the over/under is set at 6.5 goals with the over getting -124 odds and the under at +102.
Betting Trends: The total went over in seven of Vancouver’s last 10 games, and the total went under in seven of Toronto’s last nine home games.
As expected, Toronto is a fairly significant favorite, getting -177 odds to win on the moneyline, while Vancouver is at +150 to earn the upset victory.
Betting Trends: Toronto is 7-0 in its last seven home games against Vancouver. The Canucks are 4-2 straight up in their last six games.
The sportsbook is offering a variety of player and game props heading into this game. For this one, we’ll take a look at the odds individual players are able to score on Thursday night. Here’s a look at the top five according to the odds.
- Auston Matthews -132
- John Tavares +143
- William Nylander +148
- Mitch Marner +175
- Brock Boeser +195
In the latest updated futures odds, Toronto has the second best chance to win the North Division according to the oddsmakers at +130, behind only Montreal at +125. Meanwhile, Vancouver has +1500 odds climb back into contention and win the division, which is sixth among the seven Canadian teams.