Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vancouver Canucks Preview

Phil Kessel Fighting
VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 2: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks and Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs drop their gloves to fight during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on November 2, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Maple Leafs look to end embarrassing losing streak vs. Vancouver Canucks

After a Sunshine State road trip, the Toronto Maple Leafs are back at home after playing their worst game of the year (Panthers), followed by one of their better games of the year (Lightning).

The Maple Leafs (7-2-1) are the second-hottest team in the league over the past 10 games, while the struggling Vancouver Canucks (3-7-0) have the 3rd worst record over the same time frame. Vancouver has been outscored 23-10 while losing six games in regulation, good for the club’s longest slide since dropping eight in a row from Jan. 9-31, 2009. The Canucks haven’t lost 7 in a row since the 1998-1999 season. Vancouver looks from the outside in on the playoffs picture, presently sitting in 9th place and in a dog fight to make the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Such is the case with a team that has seen their aging core falter and contending window slammed firmly on their fingers, as Mike Gillis and company look to see where it all went wrong; their retool-on-the-fly blowing up in his face, with no end in sight.

After playing a lacklustre game against the Florida Panthers, the Maple Leafs rebounded by playing a great game against the Tampa Bay Lightning—a team directly in front of them in the standings and made the 4pt game a crucial win when the Leafs needed it most. After the 2 horse race at the top of the East (Pittsburgh, Boston), it is a very tight with 4 teams (Lightning, Habs, Leafs, Rangers) within 2pts of each other.

Maple Leafs vs Canucks

2003-04 season:Mon Nov 24 2003 at TorToronto 2, Vancouver 1
2005-06 season:Tue Jan 10 2006 at VanVancouver 4, Toronto 3
2006-07 season:Sat Jan 13 2007 at TorVancouver 6, Toronto 1
2008-09 season:Sat Nov 15 2008 at VanVancouver 4, Toronto 2
2008-09 season:Sat Feb 21 2009 at TorVancouver 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
2009-10 season:Sat Oct 24 2009 at VanVancouver 3, Toronto 1
2009-10 season:Sat Jan 30 2010 at TorVancouver 5, Toronto 3
2010-11 season:Sat Nov 13 2010 at TorVancouver 5, Toronto 3
2010-11 season:Sat Dec 18 2010 at VanVancouver 4, Toronto 1
2011-12 season:Sat Dec 17 2011 at TorVancouver 5, Toronto 3
2011-12 season:Sat Feb 18 2012 at VanVancouver 6, Toronto 2
2013-14 season:Sat Nov 2 2013 at VanVancouver 4, Toronto 0

Wins: 53
Losses: 64
Ties: 22
OTLosses: 0
SOLosses: 1
Goals for Toronto: 465
Goals against Toronto: 485