Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Feb 23, 2024

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins

After a bruising week for both teams, heavyweights the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks meet again on Saturday night, this time in B.C.

February 24, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Puckline +1.5 -250
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +200
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +6

Both the visiting Bruins and hosting Canucks have been on some wild adventures this week. Statistically, these are the two best teams in the NHL, each with 80 points. That said, it hasn’t been an easy ride for either since last Saturday, with Boston losing two of its four matches, all of which required extra time, and Vancouver going 0-4.

Here’s one you don’t see often. As for Friday night, both sides are pegged at -110 on the NHL odds moneyline. That said, Boston is -1.5 on the puckline.

Bruins vs. Canucks NHL Betting Odds

The Bruins and Canucks collided a few weeks ago in Beantown, a matchup billed as a litmus test for both sides, perhaps more so the Canucks since they are the new hot team this season. It was anything but a contest, with the hosts winning 4-0. That was Boston third successive victory over the Canadian club, all of which were won by two goals or more. The Bruins have captured four of the five most recent games.

For such a strong team, the Bruins have hit rocky waters. The club has only won two of its last seven matches, to say nothing that they’ve covered the spread only once during that same stretch. That poor run of form has evened Boston’s record ATS to 29-29. Ironically, the last time the Bruins won a match in regulation was against these same Canucks on February 8. The only covered spread since then was the impressive OT win in Edmonton this week since they were underdogs.

Vancouver is now experiencing its first genuine challenge of the season. A challenge to their talent level, character, and ability to find ways to win when times are tough. The way they had been playing all season, a four-game slide seemed unthinkable, but here we are. What’s more, the streak is deserved. They haven’t been as good lately. Every loss was by two goals or more, and they gave up at least four goals in three of them. It goes without saying they haven’t covered any spreads during that span, although their season tally is a good 35-24.

Boston Bruins

It’s been a huge week for the Boston Bruins. Every game they played, win or lose, was close. So much so that they all needed overtime and in one case a shootout. The latest adventure was Thursday in Calgary against the Flames.

There have been more and more complaints about the quality of overtimes. Teams just circling around and waiting for the perfect moment to strike and whatnot. That was not the case in Calgary with the game deadlocked at 2-2. It was a blistering, breathtaking affair the Flames eventually won on an odd-man rush of their own. The game had been there for the taking for Boston, however. They certainly made Calgary netminder Jacob Markstrom earn the win, even though he made it easy for Charlie Coyle to net his 19th by coming out deep from his crease and giving the puck away. Coyle earned his brace (20th) early in the third. Pavel Zacha and David Pastrnak both had four shots on target.

Vancouver Canucks

Facing Boston with the prospect of a five-game losing streak is surely cause for concern in the Canucks’ dressing room. But that’s just how the cookie crumbles. If Vancouver wants to get back on track, they have to handle a club that pounded them 4-0 earlier this month.

The most recent setback was Thursday versus the Seattle Kraken in the Northwest. J.T. Miller once again came through, scoring his 29th in the first period. But like in Minnesota on Monday and Colorado on Tuesday, scoring first didn’t help the cause. The Kraken took the rest of the match 5-1 en route to a 5-2 win. Vancouver’s only other goal was courtesy of Sam Lafferty (11th) in the second period to make it a 2-2 game. G Thatcher Demko has now lost three consecutive starts.

This is going to be a game between two huge teams that could use a pick-me-up.

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