Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (30-18-5) at Boston Bruins (31-10-12)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -175 / Vancouver Canucks +158 --- Over/Under: 6
The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Vancouver Canucks look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 23 goals, JT Miller has 33 assists and Tanner Pearson has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 96 goals on 1,158 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 51 goals on 559 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 11 games.
The Boston Bruins look for another win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 26 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 38 goals, Brad Marchand has 46 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 156 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 63 goals on 867 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 61 goals on 761 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in four of their last five games.
The Canucks are 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 8-2 in Canucks last 10 road games. The under is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 home games. The underdog is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Boston and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Boston Bruins should be favored now that they got their act together defensively, but the Vancouver Canucks have won the last three meetings against them and six of the last 10 meetings overall. The Vancouver Canucks are playing good hockey in their own right and have outscored the Bruins 16-7 in the last three meetings. The Bruins make a lot of money on their home ice and are tough to bet against in their current form, but we're getting a great return on a hot Canucks squad. I'll take it.