Vancouver Canucks Outlook, Predictions Week #19: Free Fall

Jan 11, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Hovat (53) goes down after a shot to the leg during the second period against the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 11, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Hovat (53) goes down after a shot to the leg during the second period against the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 6, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate a goal scored by right wing Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (15) in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Maple Leafs 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports /

@ Toronto Maple Leafs (19-23-9) Saturday, February 13th

Leading scorer: Leo Komarov (17 goals, 33 points)

Keys to the game:

  1. Retro? Flying skates better work
  2. Do not underestimate Babcock’s squad
  3. Toronto wins either way, #tanknation?

Here’s some retro for you.

You know, as bad as the Toronto Maple Leafs have been, the Canucks cannot think that this will be an easy game. Toronto goes into Week 19 tied for last place in the league. But you will be surprised by how similar the Canucks are to the Maple Leafs stat-wise.

Vancouver: 2.31 goals for/game, 2.73 goals against/game, 80.5 percent penalty kill success rate, 31.4 shots against/game
Toronto: 2.29 goals for/game, 2.75 goals against/game, 81.2 percent penalty kill success rate, 31.4 shots against/game

On another note, Toronto is a better team in these categories.

Vancouver: 45.5 percent faceoff win, 29.0 shots for/game
Toronto: 51.3 percent faceoff win, 31.0 shots for/game

The love for Auston Matthews may as well decide the fate of this game. Hey, even if Toronto loses this game, they win, as they will be that much closer to Auston Matthews!

Actually, the Canucks are going to lose. I want to see the flying skates win, but history says no.

The time when the Canucks featured the Millionaires jersey against the Avalanche, they lost 4-1. I believe that the Detroit Red Wings also beat the Canucks on a Millionaires jersey day.

Would be great to see the flying skates win, but you know, the Canucks might prefer Matthews over two points more by then.

Staff Predictions

David Joun

116. 4. 104. Final. 3

Sarah Laug

104. Final. 2. 116. 5

Gerald Morton

116. 4. 104. Final. 1

Janik Beichler

116. 3. 104. Final. 2

Next: Canucklehead Lament: 5 Canucks who Need to Step up

What are your predictions for this week? Let us know in the comments!