After opening their current six-date road excursion with a shootout loss in Detroit, the Vancouver Canucks (3rd in Pacific Division) are traveling to Boston, where the local Bruins (3rd in Atlantic) just overcame Dallas in overtime…
‘Nucks Lose, Still Extend Point Run
The current six-game road trip started with a defeat for the Vancouver Canucks (9-6-1), who still managed to extend their point streak to four contests (3-0-1) after dropping a 3-2 decision in a shootout against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday. The ‘Nucks took a 2-0 lead midway through the game, only to give up two goals further down the line, with the hosts eventually banking a 1-0 victory in the skills competitions. Ben Hutton (4 points this year) netted his third goal of the season in the second period, while rookie Elias Pettersson (16 points) became just the fifth player in the past 100 years to score 10 goals in his first 10 NHL appearances, bagging the opener.
— NHL (@NHL) November 7, 2018
Goalie Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves in the crease for the Canucks, who outshot Detroit 42-30. He has now gone 6-3-1 for the whole season thus far with a 3.12 GAA and a .902 save percentage and has posted a 2-3-0 career total against the Boston Bruins with a 2.39 GAA and a .918 save percentage. The Canucks, meanwhile, are scoring the 13th lowest amount of goals per game so far this season (3.00), while conceding the 13th highest quantity defensively (3.25). They are 19th in power play with a 19.1% success rate and 12th in penalty kill with 81.0% proficiency.
Bruins Open Homestand With OT Win
The Boston Bruins (8-4-2) kicked off a four-game homestand on a high, beating the Dallas Stars with a 2-1 overtime result at TD Garden on Monday. The visitors opened the scoring with a shorthanded strike just 3:51 minutes into the contest before the Bruins equalized on the same power play 80 seconds later through David Pastrnak (17 points this year), who one-timed his 12th goal of the season. Anders Bjork (1 goal, 2 points) had a snipe stripped off him, as he scored after the whistle at the end of the second frame, while Brad Marchand (5 goals, 16 points) netted the winner, burying his record-13th overtime goal for Boston during a two-man advantage with half a minute left in the extra session.
"We can definitely build momentum in this home stretch here. We love playing at home."
📝 B's looking to take advantage on homestand: https://t.co/hsSfcPIiBv
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 7, 2018
Goalie Jaroslav Halak has been confirmed as the starting netminder versus Vancouver, having gone 7-5-4 against the Canucks previously with a 2.30 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He is 4-1-2 for the ongoing campaign thus far with a 1.45 GAA and a .952 save percentage. The Bruins, meanwhile, are presently netting the 8th lowest number of goals per game (2.79), while giving up the 2nd lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.21). They are 5th in power play with a 29.5% conversion rate and 17th in penalty kill with 79.5% effectiveness.
- Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Canucks are 7-3 in their last 10 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The home team has been bossing the proceedings between these two teams lately, winning four of the last five matchups. And Boston has impressed so far this year on own ice, triumphing in five of its six domestic fixtures. The Canucks, though, have been experiencing something of a revival lately, currently sitting at the top of the Pacific Division, on level-19 points with the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames. Plus – they have actually won four of their past five road contests versus sides with a home winning percentage above the .600 mark. Now, that is impressive! Boston has lost its last two games versus the ‘Nucks (both played in Vancouver) and has four defeats in its past seven home outings against them, so don’t expect an easy night for the Bruins here.
Prediction: Vancouver Canucks
Full-Game Total Pick
Jaroslav Halak has notched up excellent numbers so far this season in the net for Boston (1.45 GAA and a .952 save percentage), while Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom has only allowed three goals in his last two starts against the Bruins, winning both decisions. Yes, five of the past six meetings between the two sides have gone past the five-goal mark. Still, the very last eight outings of Boston have only averaged 3.5 snipes per fixture, while the Canucks have gone below the total in seven straight travels to see off sides with a solid home record.
Prediction: Under 5.5