The Pacific Division meets the Atlantic Division this evening as the Van Couver Canucks pay a visit to TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts to tangle with the Boston Bruins. The Canucks enter off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Red Wings, while the Bruins are off a 2-1 OT win over the Bruins here at home. Vancouver won the first meeting at home by a score of 2-1 in OT.
Canucks Take A Tough Road Loss To The Red Wings
The Vancouver Canucks have shown some improvements this year, but they have also had some bad games, and their last was a rather bad game. The Detroit Red Wings have been one of the worst teams in the league in the Early going,m but they were able to snatch a win from these Canuck on Tuesday evening. The final was Detroit 3-2 in a shootout. Even tougher to swallow was the fact that the Canucks had a 2-0 lead in the game. The Canucks are still at 9-7 on the year and in 3rd place in the Pacific Division. Elias Pettersson continues to have a strong rookie season as he scored one in the loss and now has ten on the year. Ben Hutton (3rd) scored the other Vancouver goal.
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Absorbing the loss was Jacob Markstrom, who allowed two goals on 28 shot attempts to fall to 6-4 with a 3.12 GAA and a .902 save percentage on the year, including 1-3 with a 3.38 GAA and a .895 save percentage on the road. In his carer, he has gone 2-3 with a 2.39 GAA, and a .918 save percentage against the Bruins. Vancouver enters this contest ranked 19th in scoring at 3.00 gpg and 19th in power play conversions at 19.1%. On defense, they are 19th in goals allowed at 3.25 gpg and 12th in penalty kill at 81.0%.
Marchand Lifts Bruins Over The Stars
The Boston Bruins are off to a decent 8-6 start to their year, which puts them in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division. The problem for the Bruns of late has been an offense that has recorded just 17 total goals in their last nine games, and they have gone 4-5 in those games. Boston will need to find their offense again if they hope to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup. They enter this game off a hard-fought 2-1 OT win over the Stars at home and scoring the game-winner was Brad Marchand, which came with just 31 seconds left in the extra session. He now has five on the year. David Pastrnak (Team-Leading 12th) scored Boston’s other goal in the game.
“We have three good teams coming into our building…just taking it one game at a time.”
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Snatching up the win against the Stars was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 24 of the 25 shots that he faced to move to 4-3 with a 2.78 GAA on the year. Jaroslav Halak is slated to get the start in this one, and he has gone 4-3 with a 1.45 GAA, and a .952 save percentage on the year, including 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA and a .981 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 7-9 with a 2.30 GAA, and a .920 save percentage against the Canucks. The Bruins enter this game ranked 24th in the league in scoring at 5th in power play conversions at 29.5%. At the defensive end of the ice, they are 2nd in goals allowed at 2.21 gpg and 17th in penalty kill at 79.5%.
- 24-7 in their last 31 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- 20-6 in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest
- 33-67 in their last 100 road games.
- 18-43 in their last 61 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like the Bruins to take this one on the puck-line. It will not be easy as their offense hasn’t scored a ton of late, but they have a real shot at a shutout here at Jaroslav Halak already has two on the year, and he has a 1.45 GAA so far. The Boston offense has to wake up sometime, and Markstrom has struggled on the road with a 3.38 GAA. I will look for Boston to win this one by at least two goals.
Prediction: Boston -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Bruins can’t score, and Jaroslav Halak has a 1.45 GAA on the year. The only way to look at this game is to take the Under. Boston’s last eight games have produced no more than five goals, and their previous three games at home have put up no more than three. The Under is 6-0 in Boston’s last six after scoring two goals or less in their previous game and 20-6 in Vancouver’s last 26 road games. Take the Under in this one.
Prediction: Under 5.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Bruins have not been strong on offense this yera, but they should still be able to jump out to a lead in this one. The Canucks have played well this year overall, but they are still not in the same league as the Bruins. Look for Boston to lead this one after the first period.
Prediction: Boston -0.5 (First Period)
Half-Time Total Bet
The Bruins are sending out Jaroslav Halak, who has a 1.45 GAA on the year and the Canucks are not a great offensive team. The Bruins have struggled to score of late and will not post more than one in the first.
Prediction: Under 1.5 (First Period)