Join us as we breaks down the NHL odds for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins & the Vancouver Canucks. This betting preview article includes a money line selection.
Bruins in the Pacific Northwest to face Vancouver
The Vancouver Canucks host the Boston Bruins on Friday at 10:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at 5Dimes, Vancouver is a -111 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. These teams met just ten days ago in Boston, and the Bruins came away with a 3-1 win.
The Starting Goaltenders
The Boston Bruins are slated to go with Tuukka Rask in goal tonight. Rask has been extremely sharp in his last four appearances, posting a superb .941 save percentage in those outings. Rask has gone 23-20 in 43-starts this season, compiling a stellar .923 save percentage, and has posted two shutouts.
The veteran Ryan Miller will be making his will be making his 41st start of the season tonight for the Vancouver Canucks. He’s gone 25-15 in those starts with a solid .913 save percentage, and has posted two shutouts. However, Miller has been very shaky over his previous four starts as evidenced by a poor .877 save percentage during those outings.
Advantage: Tuukka Rask
Despite recent results not being very favorable to the Bruins, they’ve amassed 115-shots on goal (38.3 PG) during their past three games, and had 33 or more shots on goal in five of their previous six contests.
The Vancouver Canucks have allowed opponents to accumulate 142-shots on goal (35.5 PG) during their previous four games.
Advantage: Boston Bruins
Recent Home and Away
The Boston Bruins have gone 4-2 in their last six games on the road. Two of those four wins came versus some very good home teams in the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders. Another one of those victories came against a surging Dallas Stars club.
The Vancouver Canucks have gone a disappointing 3-5 in their previous eight home games. The Canucks scored just 17-goals combined in those games, and that included a total of 4-goals in their five losses.
Advantage: Boston Bruins
Boston is coming off home losses of 5-3 to Dallas, and 3-1 versus Montreal in their previous two games. The Vancouver Canucks are coming off a 5-4 road win at Chicago in their last game. The combination of these results produces a profitable money line betting system that I’ll utilize when making my NHL picks for Friday.
Any money line road underdog of +100 to +150, coming off two straight losses by two goals or more, versus an opponent which scored four goals or more in their previous game, has gone 36-18 (66.7%) during the past five seasons.
NHL Picks: Play on the Boston Bruins +101 over the Vancouver Canucks on the money line at 5Dimes.