Toronto Maple Leafs Look To End Western Trip On High Note

February 18th, 2012 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to finish off their three game Western road trip with a win as they take on the red-hot Vancouver Canucks, who have gone 8-0-2 in their past ten games.

Toronto had lost four in a row before beating the Edmonton Oilers in overtime on Wednesday night. The Maple Leafs paltry 5-4-1 record in their past ten games has them precariously close to falling out of a playoff spot, as Toronto currently sits eighth overall in the Eastern Conference, a mere one point up on the Washington Capitals who sit in ninth.

The Maple Leafs and Canucks last met back on December 17th, with the Canucks beating the Blue and White by a final score of 5-3. Tyler Bozak had a goal and two assists that night, while Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows and Chris Higgins each had a two point effort against the Maple Leafs. Vancouver has beaten Toronto nine straight times going back to 2003.

Despite the Maple Leafs recent struggles, Joffrey Lupul has nine points in his past seven games, while Phil Kessel has five points in his past five games.

Scoring has not been the issue for the Maple Leafs this season, rather, it has been the teams overall defense and a pair of struggling goaltenders which seems to be holding this team back.

James Reimer will get the nod between the pipes for the Maple Leafs, while defenseman Luke Schenn will be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Edmonton.

Despite Vancouver’s recent success, not all is well. Henrik Sedin has just one goal in his past 15 games and the team is struggling on the power play.

On the positive side of the ledger, goaltender Roberto Luongo has been lights out for the Canucks of late. Luongo hasn’t lost in regulation since January 15th, while Canucks forward David Booth has scored in three straight games.

Prediction: Beating the Vancouver Canucks is a lot to ask a team that has been struggling to find it’s way of late. Vancouver’s depth up front, combined with Luongo’s fine goaltending should be enough to dispose of the Maple Leafs— 4-2, Vancouver.

Until next time,

Peace!

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