Another inter-conference clash is on the schedule in the NHL on Sunday, November 13, and here you can read the best Canucks vs. Bruins betting pick and odds.
Both Vancouver and Boston are going to play the second of back-to-back games when they face at TD Garden. The Bruins are firm -235 moneyline favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. These inter-conference rivals have met on two occasions last year, and each time, the home side secured a victory.
Canucks couldn’t come back from a horrible start in Montreal
The Vancouver Canucks (4-7-2-1, 7-7 ATS) opened their five-game road trip with a 6-4 win against the Ottawa Senators but lost the following game to the Montreal Canadiens. They will play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night and then will face the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
Vancouver entered the game in Montreal quite slowly and allowed three unanswered goals in the first period. The Canadiens then got to a 4-0 lead, and although the Canucks responded with a pair of goals in the third period, the hosts secured a 5-2 victory in the end. The Canucks have five players with 10+ points so far in the season. Elias Pettersson leads the bunch with 18 points (G 6, A 12), Bo Horvat is right behind with 16 (G 12, A 4), while J.T. Miller has 13 (G 7, A 6).
Thatcher Demko (1-7-2) is expected to start at the goal for the Canucks against the Bruins on Sunday. The 26-year-old is allowing 4.01 goals per game this year with a .874 SV% and no shutouts.
LW Tanner Pearson has landed on the injured reserve list with an injury to an unlisted location, and it is up in the air when he will return.
Bruins beat the Flames at home
The Boston Bruins (12-2-0-0, 11-3 ATS) were on an excellent run of seven wins, and even though that positive streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, they returned to winning ways against St. Louis and Calgary. Both wins came at home and both were with identical 3-1 results.
The Calgary Flames got to a 1-0 lead, but the Bruins equalized in the first period and then scored a pair of unanswered goals to book a 3-1 win. David Pastrnak led the Bruins with two points, while Linus Ullmark recorded 31 saves. So far this season, Pastrnak is the best Boston player with 22 points (G 9, A 13) and the third-best in the NHL right now. Hampus Lindholm contributes with 14 points (G 4, A 10), while Patrice Bergeron has 12 (G 5, A 7).
Linus Ullmark (10-1-0) will likely take his place between the sticks for Boston against the Canucks on Sunday. The 29-year-old allows 1.95 goals per contest this season with a .936 SV% and one shutout.
D Derek Forbort (upper body) and G Jeremy Swayman (lower body) are out indefinitely and will not feature on Sunday against Vancouver.
- 4-11 in the last 15 overall
- 8-21 in the last 29 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 2-9 in the last 11 road games
- 2-10 in the last 12 vs. Eastern Conference rivals
- 12-5 in the last 17 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation
- 7-3 in the last ten Sunday games
Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Pick
Boston is the best team in the East and has the best offense in the NHL that averages 4.00 goals per game, while the Bruins have the second-best defense that allows 2.29 goals per contest. While the Canucks are not bad offensively (3.50 goals per game), they do have the third-weakest defense in the league that is allowing 4.07 goals per game. Thatcher Demko is not playing well this season, and I am sure Pastrnak, Bergeron, and co. will put him under a lot of pressure. This should be an easy victory for the Bruins.
Pick: Take the Bruins at -1.5 Puck Line (+108)
Vancouver conceded at least four goals in each of the last five games and I am pretty sure the Bruins will score four or five without sweating too much. I know the Bruins have a super-strong defense, but Vancouver knows how to score goals, which is why I am going with Over in this game. Over is 6-0 in the Canucks’ last six road games; Over is 10-4-2 in the Bruins’ previous 16 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation, while Over is 5-1-1 in Boston’s last seven games playing without rest.
Pick: Go Over 6.5 goals (-110)