Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/19/14
East Meets West On HNIC

Who really is Canada’s team? It’s tough to say but one thing is certain, there is absolutely no doubt about who Canada’s best team is! The Canucks and the Leafs will renew hostilities as the marquee matchup on Saturday’s NHL schedule with Vancouver having won nine straight against Toronto.

Toronto Maple Leafs (29-23-6) at Vancouver Canucks (36-15-6)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 18, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: NHLN-US (HD), CBC
Leafs vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+160)
Moneyline: Leafs +168: Canucks -185
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

The Vancouver Canucks enter Saturday night’s contest with the Toronto Maple Leafs second in the West and having recorded a point in 11 straight games.

The Leafs on the other hand snapped an ugly four game losing streak on Wednesday night to maintain their tenuous hold on the final playoff spot in the East.

Toronto incredibly has the 7th ranked offense in the NHL and the seventh ranked power play. It is a good thing – they are 25th in goals against and they own the 29th ranked penalty killing unit. Phil Kessel is the hottest Leaf with 11 points while Joffrey Lupul is not far behind with three goals and six assists in his last seven games.

Some of Toronto’s roll players are ice cold ahead of Saturday’s game – Nikolai Kulemin is pointless in seven games, Colby Armstrong is pointless in six and Mikhail Grabovski hasn’t recorded a point in five.

Toronto will need all hands on deck in order to snap their nine game skid against the Canucks.

Neither of Toronto’s goaltenders are playing particularly well at the moment – expect a typically average effort from James Reimer!

Vancouver is not playing all that well but they continue to get the results in the standings. They are 12-2-4 in their last 18 games and 8-0-3 in their last 11. The Canucks have not tasted regulation defeat in over a month!

If you are betting on overtime or a shootout on Saturday, you are not alone – the Canucks have gone to extra time in seven of their last nine games.

The Canucks have maintained their fourth ranked offense but it is no thanks to the Sedins. Daniel Sedin has just one goal in his last 15 games and is pointless in his last three.

Henrik Sedin is also pointless in three. It has been the second line that has been getting it done for Vancouver recently. David Booth has been scorching and has scored in three straight games.

He has four points in four games while Ryan Kesler has two points in his last two games.

Vancouver’s top ranked power play will get a crack at Toronto’s 29th ranked PK – a total mismatch on paper!

Roberto Luongo should get the start on Saturday. He is 6-0-3 in his last nine starts and is 2-0-0 in his last two games with a 0.96 goals against average and a .963 save percentage.

Betting Prediction:The Vancouver Canucks are 10-2 in their last 12 Saturday games and are 4-0 in their last four afternoon contests.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Lines & Handicapping

The Leafs are just 2-6 in their last eight Saturday games and are 3-8 in their last 11 games on the road.

The Leafs should be motivated to finally break through against their West Coast nemesis but they haven’t been playing well at all in getting outscored 16-5 in their four losses before their most recent win against Edmonton.

Vancouver owns the Leafs and have outscored them 39-18 during a nine game win streak against Toronto. I can’t see things changing for the struggling Leafs against the hot Canucks.

Canucks win easily!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -185

Here are some interesting Player Props for Saturday`s game:

Dion Phaneuf Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Dan Hamhuis Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Phil Kessel Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Mikhail Grabovski Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 1.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Daniel Sedin Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Mason Raymond Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Kevin Bieksa Penalty Minutes
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Toronto Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Cody Hodgson Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Game Links

Game 58 Toronto vs. Vancouver: Leafs Sweep onto The Best Coast
 - Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Saturday Night Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs matchup preview.

Managing Editor “Q’s” Game Notes + Preview - Will be up on Saturday AM.

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