The Boston Bruins, led by David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, are ready to take the ice against J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in a cross-continent showdown. The puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, and you’ll be able to see it live on CBC Sports.
Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds
Playing the role of underdogs will be the Bruins (-145), while the Canucks are favored displaying moneyline odds of +125 and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under) at Parx Pennsylvania Sportsbook.
Though the team is 39-23 straight up (SU) this season, Boston has actually lost 1.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 62 regular season matches, 34 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Bruins are 18-12 SU as the away team in 2019-20.
Boston currently touts the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 25.0 percent of its extra-man advantages this year. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it has successfully killed off 84.4 percent of its penalties..
With a .932 save percentage and 27.3 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (23-12-6) has been the best option in goal for Boston this season. If it chooses to rest him, however, Boston might roll with Jaroslav Halak (16-12-6), who has a .920 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average this year.
On the other bench, Vancouver is 32-28 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 3.5 units this season. Through 60 regular season outings, 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just three have pushed. It’s 19-11 SU at home this year.
The Canucks have converted on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all penalties.
Jacob Markstrom (30.2 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for the Canucks. Markstrom has 22 wins, 20 losses, and four OT losses to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 2.74 goals against average and a .918 save percentage this season.
Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under
Two of the Canucks’ last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 3-3 overall in shootouts this year.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their past five outings.
Seven of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-1 in those games.
Boston skaters have accounted for the league’s eighth-most hits per game (23.6).