A pretty good game in store tonight between two surprising teams. One is surprising for all the right reasons and the other would rather be viewed in another light than they have been this season. If you have assigned the Bruins and Canucks to one of those categories it makes sense. While the Boston Bruins haven’t exactly tanked this season, I mean they are still in a good position, but for a team that finished 1st overall in the standings last year, yeah we expect better from the Bruins. They are currently 28-19-2-5 which positions them at 4th in the Atlantic. A little bit of work to do if they want to repeat as the top team of the regular season. They definitely aren’t going to make it there, but we expect to see them in the playoffs. The way the NHL plays out in the playoffs, they are of course a threat to make it to the Stanley Cup finals again. The last time they won the Stanley Cup was over the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver. Back then it was Tim Thomas vs. Roberto Luongo. Following the Bruins’ win the worst riot in NHL history ensued across downtown Vancouver. The Bruins and Canucks will tangle together tonight in a much different scenario than what took place a few years ago. Nevertheless, both teams are close in points and it should be a competitive affair in Friday tonight. It is definitely the game of the day for Friday.
Just a frustrating loss yesterday in the Leafs/Islanders game. It was 3-2 Islanders heading into the 3rd period. Final score 3-2 Islanders. We had the OVER 5.5 so it is a game I hope to soon forget. When it gets under 10 minutes in the 3rd you think to yourself that this can’t happen, there has to be another goal, an empty-netter, something other than a 3-2 final. Unfortunately that goal didn’t come and we are now looking to pick the pieces up today. Bad beats are part of the business, but it never feels good when they do happen. Maintaining bankroll management after a loss like that is key. Let’s look for a winner tonight in this Stanley Cup rematch.
Boston Bruins @ Vancouver Canucks
This was supposed to be a season part of the rebuilding process for the Canucks. The Canucks have said screw that though, and have looked like a contender this year instead of a team that is playing for a draft position. The Canucks enter tonight with a record of 30-20-2-1. Impressive for what the experts had them pegged as, which was a team that was going to miss out on the playoffs. Barring a major setback Vancouver should be there and are looking for more than just making an appearance. After a 5-4 win in OT against the Blackhawks in Chicago they come home to face the Bruins. The Canucks are scoring 2.75 goals per game, while allowing an average of 2.62 goals. So, nothing extremely impressive, but the Canucks have been able to make it work for them well. In their last ten games they’ve shown some vulnerabilities on the defensive side, allowing 3.10 goals in those games. I thought the defense was going to hinder them before the season started, and perhaps that will still come to fruition as we head to the final stretch to the playoffs.
The Bruins’ defense has been playing quite well in their last ten games, allowing an average of 2.10 goals a game. Their defense hasn’t been as tight in previous seasons, which is why they aren’t at the top of the league. Overall they are letting in 2.43 goals per game. That isn’t Bruins like. However, over the last month they have shown signs of improving. They come into tonight losing their previous two games to the Canadiens and Stars. I think the Bruins bring some better hockey with them to Vancouver tonight. After dropping two they should be focused to play the Canucks tonight. And could the Canucks be feeling a little too confident after winning in OT against the Hawks? Should be a good game, but I give the edge to the Bruins in a 3-2 type game Friday night.
Pick – BRUINS TO WIN +103 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)