Vancouver Canucks vs Pittsburgh Penguins & Pittsburgh Penguins vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Vancouver Canucks vs Pittsburgh Penguins:
Tuesday, October 16th, 4:00 pm Pacific Time, PPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Toronto Maple Leafs:
Thursday, October 18th, 4:00 pm Pacific Time, Scotiabank arena
The Pittsburgh Penguins play six of the NHL’s seven Canadian teams in a row, when they take on the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs in two important midweek games.
After putting up seven goals against Metropolitan rivals the Washington Capitals in their season opener, their offense fell apart against the Montreal Canadians just two nights later in an embarrassing 5-1 home loss.
Don’t expect that to be the case very often though with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel ready to explode at any point. They will host the Canucks on Tuesday night before travelling to Toronto to play the Maple Leafs on Thursday, and we could see two very high scoring affairs. The Canucks have scored 12 goals in their opening three games, while the Maple Leafs have scored a ridiculous 20 goals in their first four contests of the season.
Expectations aren’t nearly as high in Vancouver as they are in Toronto for the Maple Leafs and for good reason. The biggest concern coming into the season was finding goals -not preventing them – but that has quickly changed. Vancouver has allowed 14 goals in their opening three games alone and could be in real trouble against a team as high-powered as the Penguins.
Following their victory against the Dallas Stars, the Toronto Maple Leafs had three of the NHL’s top four point leaders with Auston Matthews topping the league in both points and goals. Combined, Matthews and summer signing John Tavares have an incredible 13 goals after just four games which is a big reason why the team is off to such a hot start.
- Both Games – Total goals over 6
With the Penguins at home against Vancouver, expect to see the red lamp being lit consistently throughout the night.
We will likely see even more goals scored just a couple of nights later when they travel to Scotiabank Arena to play the Maple Leafs.
- Toronto Maple Leafs win in regulation
Despite not being able to keep the puck out of their own net, Toronto have proven they can outscore anybody to start the season. Take the red-hot Maple Leafs to get the job done at home.
Head to Head
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the season series against the Penguins the last two years in a row.
The Vancouver Canucks got the best of Pittsburgh on both occasions they met last season.
- The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins won in Toronto was back on October 31, 2015 – before Auston Matthews was drafted.
- John Tavares became one of just four players in Maple Leafs franchise history to score a hat trick in one of his first three games wearing the blue and white.
- After putting up a career-high of 52 points last year, Leafs’ blueliner Morgan Reilly already has 10 points after just four games this season.
- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for an astonishing 187 points last season.