Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks Predictions, Free NHL Pick 2/22/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-140) Canucks (+127)
Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (32-22-6, 3rd in the Pacific Division) play the Boston Bruins (38-11-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) at Rogers Arena on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The Bruins open this contest at -140 while the Canucks are coming in at +127. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Bruins are covering 62.3% of the time, having gone 38-23 SU. The Canucks are covering 50.9% of the time, going 29-28 straight up.
The Boston Bruins come into this matchup with a record of 38 wins and 11 defeats, putting them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 201 goals which has them ranked at 5th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the league. Their goal differential is +61, putting them at 1st in the league. The Bruins have compiled a total of 88 points, which has them ranked at 1st in the league and 1st in the East. In discussing shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,971 which has them ranked at 5th in the conference and 8th in the league. As a team, Boston has earned a total of 1,363 hits which has them averaging 22.3 per game. They have compiled a total of 637 blocks for this year. The man looking after the goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,056 mins minding the goal for the campaign. Rask is conceding an average of 2.04 goals per contest which has him ranked 1st among Eastern Conference goalies and 1st in the NHL. During this year, he has surrendered 70 goals. He has a save percentage of .932 which has him ranked 2nd among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Boston Bruins will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3 - 1 win over the New York Rangers in their last game. The Bruins had an average offensive outing in the win. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 3 of the 34 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Boston ended up with a total of 10 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Bruins was 46 and the Corsi against was 45 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 50.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 while the Fenwick against was 34, which earned them a rate of 48.5%. They earned 21 face-off wins and lost 20 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 56.7% and they had a PDO of 108.7 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the New York Rangers racked up a total of 26 shots. They had 4 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 5 power play opportunities.
The Canucks will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they have 32 wins and 22 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 4th in the conference and 12th in the NHL with +10. They currently have a total of 191 goals for this year which has them at 3rd in the conference. Vancouver has a save percentage as a team of .909 which has them sitting 12th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 10.3% which is good for 3rd in the conference. In net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having an average campaign by giving up 2.74 GAA and that places him 12th in the Western Conference and 28th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,494 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's allowed 114 goals. He has a save percentage of .918, which has him ranking 8th in the Western Conference and 16th in the NHL among goalies.
The Vancouver Canucks went up against the Anaheim Ducks in a matchup where the Canucks were on the wrong end of the score by a score of 5 - 1. In their game, Vancouver went home with a 62.7% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 64 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 38. Their Fenwick rate came in at 64.0% by notching a Fenwick of 48 and the Ducks having earned a 27 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Vancouver played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO at even strength was 85.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 51.4%. The Canucks scored 1 goal of the 38 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game and were able to notch 1 out of those tries. In discussing the opposition, the Ducks had 2 power play attempts and came through by scoring 2 goals. Vancouver allowed 28 shots on goal and the Ducks ended up with 20 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vancouver (+127)
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