Talk about two teams going in different directions. After losing 5 of their first 7 games, the Vancouver Canucks have now won 7 of their last 8. After winning their first 4 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost 10 their last 11. On the surface, the Canucks should win this one in a romp. They score almost a full goal more per game than the Leafs (3.07 to 2.13) and also allow less (2.27 to 2.67). Their powerplay is more efficient (26.8% to 11.1%) and their penalty-killing is more effective (85.4% to 76.5%). On the road, the Canucks’ powerplay...Click here to read more.
To get you in the mood for this weekend’s big Canucks vs. Leafs tilt, here are some of my favorite moments in this rivalry: No. 5 on my list is the line brawl that broke out in the 1994 Stanley Cup semi-finals after Doug Gilmour sucker punched Cliff Ronning. At no. 4, Donald Brashear pounds the crap out of Wade Belak. No. 3 is Mats Sundin’s emotional return to the ACC as a member of the Canucks and scoring the shootout winner. No. 2 is Markus Naslund undressing Curtis Joseph on a penalty shot. And my favorite Canucks vs. Leafs...Click here to read more.