- Boston, which has won three straight games, are listed as -183 favorites against Canucks
- Bruins have only dropped two games at TD Garden this season
- Canucks are 6-1 SU over last seven games, but have struggled on the road
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins head into action Tuesday night as -183 favorites against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
The odds were even shorter when opening prices were first released at online sportsbooks, which had the Bruins at -175 initially.
Can the Bruins make it four in a row to strengthen their hold of first place in the Atlantic? Here’s a closer look at the odds for Tuesday’s game.
Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks Odds
|Vancouver Canucks||+165||+1.5 (-170)||O 6 (+103)|
|Boston Bruins||-183||-1.5 (+150)||U 6 (-114)|
Odds taken Feb. 3
This is the first of back-to-back games for the Bruins, who are trying to keep enough distance from the surging Tampa Bay Lightning in the division.
While Boston has won three straight, the club has also won seven of its last 10 games heading into action on Tuesday night. If there was any time to bet on the Bruins straight up, there’s no better time than now.
Boston also holds a 4-1 record SU over the last five games. If that isn’t a big enough sample, the Bruins are also 31-22 SU this season.
.@ToreyKrug on the B's successful weekend: "To win two games in different styles definitely gives us confidence moving forward that we can play a few different ways…couldn't ask for a better result." pic.twitter.com/83QZHFmISR
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 3, 2020
The Canucks Have Been Surging Too
Vancouver also holds first place in their division — a three-point cushion over the second-place Edmonton Oilers in the Pacific. However, a lot of Vancouver’s success this season has come on home ice. The Canucks hold an average 13-13-2 record away from Rogers Arena.
Conversely, the Bruins are a tough team to beat at TD Garden, where they’ve dropped two games this season.
David Pastrnak of the @NHLBruins scored his 38th goal of the season to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race – moving one ahead of Alex Ovechkin (37). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/oBfvzgOSaH
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 2, 2020
The Canucks have been a strong pick straight up of late, going 6-1 over their last seven games. Vancouver is 30-22 SU overall this season, but playing on the road makes this wager a little riskier against the rock-solid Bruins team on home ice.
While all signs may point to a Bruins victory, the head-to-head stats suggest otherwise.
The Canucks have won the last three meetings against Boston, the last two coming in 2018. Vancouver skated away with an 8-5 win over the Bruins in their last meeting.
Idk how I missed this, but Jacob Markstrom is a BEAST 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/w70V97otIJ
— Bar South N Celly™ (@BarSouthNCelly) January 31, 2020
Bruins, Canucks Among Highest Scoring Teams in League
Betting the total points? Sportsbooks have set the total goals mark at 6, but both teams are in the top 10 when it comes to goals for per game average.
The Bruins are averaging a sixth-best 3.34 goals for per game, while the Canucks are not far behind at 3.28.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 2, 2020
Vancouver’s last three games have resulted in “Over” outcomes, but before that the Canucks played six games with an “Under” result. Boston has been hit or miss with total projections. Four of Boston’s last six games have gone “Under”.
If you’re betting on the moneyline, it’s hard to wager against a Boston team that’s only lost two games on home ice this season.
Take the Bruins to win straight up and also take the “Over” of six goals.
Pick: Boston Bruins (-183)
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