Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (38-11-12) at Vancouver Canucks (32-22-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +127 / Boston Bruins -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 12 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 43 goals, Brad Marchand has 52 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 180 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 70 goals on 1,026 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 63 goals on 809 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Vancouver Canucks need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 24 goals, Quinn Hughes has 37 assists and Tanner Pearson has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 111 goals on 1,355 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 56 goals on 587 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road favorite, 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 10-1 in their last 11 overall. The Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 11-3 in their last 14 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 5-0 in Bruins last 5 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Canucks last 6 overall. The Bruins are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks have won three of the last four meetings against the Bruins, so I guess you could make a case for the plus money. I'm just not stepping in front of the Boston Bruins, a team that's lost just once since January 21 and is giving up nothing on the defensive end. Even on the end of a back to back, it's the Bruins for another victory or pass for me.