[7:00 PM] Canucks @ Maple Leafs

Who will WIN this matchup?

Vancouver Canucks (4-6-1)

@ Toronto Maple Leafs (4-4-3)


Starting Goalies:

Ryan Miller (VAN): Confirmed

Frederik Andersen(TOR): Confirmed


Current odds:

Vancouver Canucks: (+160)

Toronto Maple Leafs: (-180)


The Vancouver Canucks are struggling to ignite a sputtering offense in the midst of a seven-game losing skid (0-6-1) after rallying to victory in the first three contests of their season-opening four-game winning streak. Shut out in back-to-back contests and in four of its last five, Vancouver will vie for its first road win of the season on Saturday when it visits the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Vancouver recalled Troy Stecher from Utica of the American Hockey League for the second time in a week and a half to address the injuries to fellow defensemen Alex Edler and Chris Tanev. Edler is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury while Tanev (undisclosed) is “something more and will be longer,” according to Vancouver’s official Twitter account. The 22-year-old Strecher stepped in admirably in his initial stint with the Canucks, playing 54 minutes at 5-on-5 with Edler and being named the third star of the game in two of his three NHL appearances.

Frederik Andersen has rebounded from a disastrous stretch in his first five starts (1-1-3, 4.29 goals-against average, .851 save percentage) to post a 3-1-0 mark with a 1.77 GAA and .954 save percentage in his last four. Andersen has handcuffed Vancouver throughout his career, sporting a 6-1-3 mark with one shutout and a rail-thin 1.16 GAA in 10 encounters.

Nylander is tied with Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel and Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux for an NHL-best seven power-play points.

Vancouver’s offense has mustered an NHL-worst 1.5 goals per game and its 8.6 power-play efficiency is good enough for 29th in the league.

Matthews has been held off the scoresheet in five straight contests.


StreakSmarts Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick