Canucks vs Maple Leafs Picks and Predictions for February 6

Updated: February 5, 2021

A rough start to the season and poor defending in front of him could lead to a long night against the Maple Leafs for Canucks goalie Braden Holtby.

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The Vancouver Canucks started their three-game series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on a sour note, as a one-sided 7-3 loss on Thursday pushed their losing streak to three games while being outscored 18-8 over that stretch. The North Division-leading Maple Leafs have given up at least three goals in four straight games. A high-scoring game on Saturday is expected.

Oddsmakers have the home side as a heavy -182 favorite with the total opening at 6.5.

Here are our free picks and predictions for Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs for Friday, February 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Preview


Canucks: Travis Hamonic D (Out), Micheal Ferland F (Out).
Maple Leafs: Nick Robertson F (Out), Jack Campbell G (Out), Joe Thornton F (Out).
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Betting Trend to Know

The Canucks are 1-6 SU in their last seven road games. Find more NHL betting trends for Canucks vs. Maple Leafs.

The line opened at Leafs -1.5, with the total at 6.5 and has held steady. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Moneyline Pick

Toronto fans are already planning the parade down Yonge Street as the Leafs are 8-2-1 SU to begin the year. They sit atop the North Division standings by a single point and are coming off their best offensive output of the season, a 7-3 win over Vancouver on Thursday.

The Buds got help from everywhere on Thursday with six 5×5 goals, including four from the top-two lines and two more from the fourth line. Toronto also potted another power-play goal, pushing its success rate to 40 percent (14-for-35), which is tied for the best mark in the league.

The Canucks come into their second game of this three-game set having lost three of four games on their current six-game road trip. Those losses have likely not sat well with Vancouver coach Travis Green, as they have allowed at least five goals in each loss.

Vancouver will likely turn to goalie Braden Holtby on Saturday. The former Capitals goalie is 3-3 SU with a 3.63 GAA and an .896 save percentage this season. Neither Vancouver goalie is posting flashy numbers, but the defensive play in front of them has had a lot to do with it. Vancouver has coughed up the puck more than any other team and also leads the league in shot attempts allowed per game. 

With the price of the Leafs’ ML, we’re going to have to take them in regulation to get any value.

PREDICTION: Toronto 3-way ML (-125)

Over/Under Pick

The Canucks have been involved in plenty of high-scoring games this year and are 9-4 O/U on the season — the only team with nine Over wins. When you give up an astounding 32 scoring chances per game and add another 26.5 for yourself, you’re going to hit the Over more times than not.

Toronto is no slouch in the Over department either. The Leafs are 6-4-1 O/U on the year, but 4-0 O/U in their previous four games. The defensive system that Toronto was supposedly adapting to has gone out the window, as Sheldon Keefe’s team has allowed at least three goals in each of its last four games. 

Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen has made four straight starts and could give way to backup Michael Hutchinson Saturday night. The career backup surrendered at least three goals 11 times in 14 starts with Toronto last year and is a near-automatic Over fade. If Toronto announces him as the starter late, the total will almost certainly trend upwards. 

The Leafs have been dangerous all year with the man advantage and have scored 14 power-play goals in 11 games. Vancouver averages about 7:00 of short-handed time per game which is nearly 2:30 more than the Leafs average per game on the power play. 

PREDICTION: Over 6.5 (-131)

Canucks vs Maple Leafs Betting Card

  • Toronto 3-way ML (-125)
  • Over 6.5 (-131)

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