[7:00 PM] Maple Leafs @ Canucks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Toronto Maple Leafs (10-9-4)

@ Vancouver Canucks (10-12-2)


Starting Goalies:

Frederik Andersen(TOR): Unconfirmed

Ryan Miller (VAN): Confirmed


When the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs squared off nearly a month ago, the game spun out of control with seven game misconducts and eight fighting majors called in the third period alone. Whether there will be retribution from either side is the main storyline when the Maple Leafs visit Vancouver on Saturday night.

Toronto netminder Frederik Andersen, who served as backup in Wednesday’s 3-0 loss, missed practice Friday because he was sick, but coach Mike Babcock said he would get the start Saturday. Andersen has permitted 11 goals during a 4-2-0 stretch and has a superb track record against the Canucks with a 7-1-3 mark and 1.33 goals-against average. Tyler Bozak had two goals and an assist in the last meeting versus Vancouver, but hasn’t scored in the 11 games since.

Bo Horvat scored a career-high 16 goals while playing in all 82 games last season, but he’s already halfway to that total after tallying three times and recording seven points over his last six games. Captain Henrik Sedin snapped a nine-game goal-scoring drought with Vancouver’s lone tally in Thursday’s 3-1 loss to Anaheim, but he is at minus-7 for the season. Sedin has finished with a minus rating once in his career, during his rookie season in 2000-01.

Canucks G Ryan Miller allowed all six goals on Nov. 5, but his 32 wins against the Maple Leafs are his most against any opponent.

Toronto is 3-for-28 on the power play in the last nine games.

Vancouver has killed off all 13 short-handed situations over the past six games.


StreakSmarts Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick