Vancouver Canucks (9-6-1) at Boston Bruins (8-4-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -250 / Vancouver Canucks +207 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Vancouver Canucks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 10 goals, Brock Boeser has seven assists and Bo Horvat has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 32 goals on 328 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 16 goals on 181 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 29.5 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 12 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 13 assists and Brad Marchand has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 11 goals on 230 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has allowed 18 goals on 198 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last eight games.
The Canucks are 33-67 in their last 100 road games, 17-41 in their last 58 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Bruins are 20-6 in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest, 19-7 in their last 26 Thursday games and 35-16 in their last 51 home games. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 8-0 in Bruins last 8 overall and the under is 9-3-1 in Canucks last 13 overall.
I'm not laying this much juice with the Boston Bruins. Instead, the under seems like the play here. The under has hit in 10 of the Bruins 14 games and nine of the Canucks 16 games. The Canucks have scoring issues at times due to a lack of shot attempts, and the Bruins have quietly become one of the better defensive teams in the league. The under seems like the play in this contest.