Bruins Continue Home Dominance With Win Over Canucks

Jimmy Murphy

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 5:59 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 5:59 PM UTC

The Bruins enjoy more home cooking as they improve ton 6-1-0 at TD Garden and beat the Canucks.

Murphy: 27-20-2Vancouver (9-6-1, 9-7 ATS) at Boston (8-4-2, 8-6 ATS)Thursday 7 p.m. ETFree NHL Picks: Bruins ML Over Canucks; UnderBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Bruins aren’t exactly horrible on the road with a 3-3-2 record, but they’ve enjoyed the friendly confines of TD Garden a lot better going 5-1-0 on home ice. Boston is in the midst of a 4-game homestand, having won the first game 2-1 in overtime over Dallas on Monday. This game against the Canucks will actually be the first of 3 home games in 4 nights as they welcome in Atlantic Division rival Toronto on saturday and then Vegas on Sunday. That home advantage will help them exact a bit of revenge on the Canucks for a 2-1 loss at Vancouver Oct. 20 and hopefully take advantage of the road weary Canucks who are in the midst of a 6-game roadie.

This game pits one of the best lines in hockey with Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak against the early Calder Trophy favorite in Canucks rookie sensation Elias Pettersson who with his goal Tuesday in a 3-2 shootout loss at Detroit, Pettersson became just the 17th player in NHL history to score 10+ goals through his first 10 career games. He also became the first player to record 16+ points through his first 10 career NHL games since 1992-93, when former Bruin Dmitri Kvartalnov and and former Maple Leaf, Flame and Star Nikolai Borschevsky did it.

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Elias Pettersson of the @Canucks became the first player to record 16+ points through his first 10 career NHL games since 1992-93, when Dimitri Kvartalnov and Nikolai Borschevsky accomplished the feat. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/0i8Jt1i5hE

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 7, 2018
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Marchand scored the overtime winner Monday for his 5th goal of the season and the B’s top line now has a combined 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points. As that line goes, so goes the Boston Bruins and luckily for them, there’s only been two games where they were held off the scoresheet. Ironically though, one of those teams to shut Boston’s top lone down was the Canucks in that 2-1 overtime win on October 20. Don’t expect that to be the case in the rematch in Boston, as arguably the best line in hockey will take advantage of a banged up Canucks team and lead their team to another win. This game will however go under with likely Bruins starter Jaro Halak continuing his sizzling start.

The Bruins are 8-6 against the spread and 5-1 at home. Boston has scored 39 goals and allowed 31. They’re 4-10-0 on the over/under and 2-4-0 at home. The B’s are 8-6 on the puck line and 4-2 at home. Boston entered the season at +1,000 to win the Stanley Cup and can now be had for +1100 over at BetOnline.

Bergeron leads the team in assists with 13 and points with 20. Pastrnak leads the team in goals with 12 lamplighters and Marchand is third in points with 16.

The Canucks, one of this season’s early surprises, are 9-7 against the spread and 4-5 on the road. Vancouver has scored 49 goals and allowed 53. They’re 6-9-1 on the over/under and 2-7-0 on the road. The Nucks are 10-6 on the puck line and 5-4 on the road. Vancouver came into the season at +8500 to win the Stanley Cup and can now be had at +8000.

Pettersson leads the team in goals with 10 and points with 16. Brock Boeser has 4 goals and leads the team in assists with 7. Bo Horvat has 7 goals and 4 assists.

Goaltending Match-Up
  • For the visiting Canucks, Jacob Markstrom is the man between the pipes until Anders Nilsson gets off injured reserve. Markstrom is 6-3-0 with a 3.12 GAA and .902 save percentage.
  • For the Bruins, Halak will likely get his 4th start in six games as he has clearly outplayed incumbent starter Tuukka Rask. Halak is 4-1-0-2 and he leads the league in GAA at 1.45 and save percentage at .952.
  • Rask is 4-3-0 with a 2.78 GAA and .909 save percentage.
M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Canucks, Nilsson is on injured reserve with a broken finger.
  • Boeser (groin) didn’t play Tuesday and is questionable.
  • Brandon Sutter (shoulder) is on injured reserve.
  • Sven Baertschi (upper body) is on injured reserve.
  • Jay Beagle (forearm) is on injured reserve.
  • Alex Edler is on injured reserve with a broken finger.
  • For the Bruins, defensemen Kevan Miller (hand) and Charlie McAvoy (upper body) are on injured reserve and fellow defenseman Urho Vaakanainen is day-to-day with a concussion.

Prediction: Bruins 4-Canucks 1

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