Boston meets up with Vancouver at Rogers Arena on Saturday night. The Bruins have dropped the first two games in their West Coast swing. The Canucks finally return home after a grueling six-game road trip to begin the season.
Pastrnak has recorded 8 goals in last 6 games for B’s
Boston hasn’t been able to find their offense consistently since hitting the road for a four-game trip along North America’s western coast. They had two goals in back-to-back losses to Calgary and Edmonton. They had 22 total goals in a four-game winning streak with three of those games being at home. Right wing David Pastrnak (11 pts) is currently on a six-game point streak and has a goal and assist so far in the road trip.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask (2-2-0) is expected to be between the pipes and is coming off a 5-2 loss to Calgary. He’s got a rather low 87.5 save percentage to open up the season. Defender Kevan Miller has played in the first two games of the swing, but he is questionable for Saturday with an upper body injury after leaving the last game early.
Nilsson can’t make it four straight to end West Coast strip
It’s been a rough schedule for Vancouver, only playing their second home game of the season, but they’ve been able to weather it by going .500 in the six-game span and exceeding expectations. Three of those wins came in a row, but they are coming off a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg before returning home. After a goal by each team in the first two periods, the Jets pounded through with three goals in the final period.
Center Bo Horvat (5 pts) scored the lone goal for the Canucks and he has now scored four goals in the first seven games of the season. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom (1-2-0) has not played since October 9th. Anders Nilsson (3-1-0) has appeared in the last four games and was a hot hand up until the recent loss to the Jets.
- 3-9 in their last 12 Saturday games
- 3-8 in their last 11 against Atlantic division
- 21-6 in their last 27 after scoring 2 goals or more in prior game
- Under is 4-1 in their last 5 against Pacific division
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It’ll be interesting to see who Vancouver goes to between the pipes, whether they continue to lean on Nilsson or go back with Markstrom at home. Regardless, it’s probably a good opportunity for the Bruins to regain some of their offensive power.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both squads have a history of scoring a lot of goals between themselves — they’ve hit the over in five straight meetings. Considering both these teams are trending in low-scoring territory, going against the grain and taking the under is the best option here.