A win on Sunday would also see Hamilton draw level with F1 legend Michael Schumacher as the joint-most successful Canadian Grand Prix driver of all time on seven titles apiece.
A series of accidents in the opening six races of the season have put pressure on the Red Bull driver going into this weekend's race, but Verstappen responded to his recent criticism on Friday by setting the fastest time by 0.130s.
Ricciardo won in Monaco despite nursing an engine problem so terminal that his Red Bull boss Christian Horner likened it to the troubling Apollo 13 space mission.
Sebastian Vettel will start the race from the front of the grid, followed by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen. In qualifying he finished at the back of the customary battle between the top three teams, almost 0.2s off Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, who managed to split the Mercedes drivers and claim third position. "I will never do that, because it's brought me to where I am so far".
The Dutchman's litany of misjudgments means that with less than a third of the season gone, he already trails championship leader Lewis Hamiton by 75 points.
When asked about the status of the component which failed in Monaco, he said: "I wouldn't describe it as serviceable.it's not happy!" Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest for Ferrari but the competitive picture was skewed by Mercedes opting against using Pirelli's fastest compound - the hyper-soft - on either vehicle across both practice sessions.
From the start, Verstappen nearly got the jump on Bottas, but the Finn held his line around the outside of Turn 1 to take the inside line into the next corner, keeping hold of second spot.
"I think he's pretty headstrong; he won't let it get to him too much", said the Australian, who won in Monaco and now sits in third place, 38 points behind Hamilton, in the standings.
"Also we feel that we can be better on the tyres than the others".
Ricciardo added that Red Bull's plan is to one-stop, but that relies on both drivers managing to make the hypersoft last long enough. So qualifying we actually made really good progress. "But so far everything went well and I have a good feeling".
"We knew we would probably have a couple of cars to pass and it gives us a chance off the start and on the first lap with a bit more grip, afterwards we will have to manage them". The main thing was to get through the program, which we did. "We knew - or we thought - Mercedes were going to qualify on the ultra, so yeah, we'll see tomorrow".