Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (35-12-8) at Vancouver Canucks (22-30-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +158 / Boston Bruins -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Boston Bruins look to keep the puck rolling after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 27 goals, Brad Marchand has 33 assists and David Pastrnak has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 77 goals on 1,018 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 44 goals on 583 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
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The Vancouver Canucks could use a victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 27 goals, Henrik Sedin has 35 assists and Thomas Vanek has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 115 goals on 1,244 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 57 goals on 598 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Bruins are 15-3 in their last 18 road games, 67-31 in their last 98 Saturday games and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Canucks are 0-6 in their last 6 Saturday games, 10-30 in their last 40 home games and 29-62 in their last 91 overall. The Bruins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are probably playing the best hockey of any team in the league right now and have done a lot of that damage on the road. The Canucks are a mess right now, thanks to a defense that's allowing three goals on a good night. Even though the price is high here, there's no betting against the Bruins in their current form. I have to ride the hot hand in this contest.