Canucks vs Bruins Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/4/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Boston Bruins
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+158) Bruins (-175)
Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (30-18-5, 1st in the Pacific Division) are headed to TD Garden on Tuesday where they'll meet the Boston Bruins (31-10-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division). The odds on this game have the Canucks priced at +158 and the Bruins are at -175. The over/under opens at 6. The Canucks are covering 54.0% of the time, having gone 27-23 SU. The Bruins are covering 58.5% of the time, going 31-22 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks step onto the ice holding a record of 30 wins and 18 losses, putting them at 1st in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 174 goals which is good for 2nd in the West and 7th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +17, putting them at 9th in the NHL. The Canucks currently have a total of 65 pts, which is good for 7th in the NHL and 2nd in the conference. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,658 which is good for 5th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL. As a group, Vancouver currently has a total of 959 hits which means they are averaging 18.1 per contest. They currently have a total of 685 blocks for the year. Looking after the goal for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has played 2,133 minutes in goal for the season. Markstrom is conceding an average of 2.70 GAA which has him ranking 8th in the West and 21st in the NHL. During this year, he's given up 96 goals. He holds a save percentage of .917 which has him ranking 10th in the West.
The Vancouver Canucks had a rough game after their 4 - 3 defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canucks were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in the loss. In their game, they converted 3 out of the 35 shots they tried. They also had 4 power play chances but didn't get a goal. Vancouver racked up a total of 2 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Canucks sat at 49 and the Corsi against at even strength was 54 giving them a Corsi percentage of 47.6%. Their Fenwick was 40 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 41, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 49.4%. They won 29 face-off wins and lost 27 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 33.3% and they had a PDO of 100.7 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes tallied a total of 32 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 8 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 1 power play opportunity.
The Bruins will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 31 victories and 10 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 1st in the conference and 1st in the league with +47. They have compiled a total of 177 goals for this year which ranks 5th in the conference. Boston has a save % as a team of .920 which currently has them sitting 2nd in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 10.6% putting them at 6th in the East. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.23 goals against average and that ranks him 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,698 minutes he's played, he's allowed 63 goals. He has a save percentage of .927, which places him at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL among goalies.
The Boston Bruins played the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Bruins got the victory by a final score of 6 - 1. In this game, Boston had a 53.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 46 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick rate came in at 53.1% by earning a Fenwick of 34 and the Wild finishing with a 30 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Boston had and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 107.5 and they earned an oZS percentage of 33.3%. The Bruins converted 6 goals of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play chances in this outing and scored 3 out of those chances. As for their opponent, the Wild had 4 power play attempts but were not able to notch a goal. Boston gave up 26 shots on goal and the Wild ended up with a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-175)
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