Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 07, 2021

The Bruins and Canucks wrap up their season series Wednesday night from Rogers Arena with the Bruins favoured on the NHL odds to complete the sweep.

Boston
22-11-1-1
AT
December 08, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
17-18-1-2
Puckline -1.5 +174
Moneyline -142
Over / Under o +5.5

64%

Betting Action

36%

Puckline +1.5 -209
Moneyline +118
Over / Under u +5.5

64%

Betting Action

36%

On Nov. 28 in Boston, the Canucks were 3-2 losers. Tanner Pearson gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead early in the first and Conor Garland a 2-1 lead about midway through the second. Brad Marchand (more on him below) tied it at 8:45 of the third on the power play, and David Pastrnak scored the winner also on the power play at 16:36. Marchand had an assist on the winner and was the No. 1 star. Former Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves in the loss. Linus Ullmark made 36 saves in the win.

Bruins vs. Canucks NHL Betting Odds

The struggling Canucks cleaned house Monday, firing general manager Jim Benning, assistant GM John Weisbrod, head coach Travis Green and assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner. Bruce Boudreau was named the 20th head coach in team history.

Boudreau previously coached Washington, Anaheim and Minnesota but he hadn’t been behind the bench since 2019-20. He was fired by the Wild in February 2020. Boudreau had a terrific coaching record of 567-302-115 and won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2007-08 when he was with the Capitals, but he has yet to lead a team to the Stanley Cup.

The home team is 6-1 in the past seven meetings. The over is 7-3 in the previous 10.

The total is set at 5.5 goals.

Boston Bruins

Boston comes off a 3-2 overtime home loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Charlie Coyle (seventh of season) and Curtis Lazar (first) had the goals. Jeremy Swayman made 22 saves for the Bruins, who outshot the Lightning 39-25. The Bruins played a third straight game without leading scorer Brad Marchand. He was suspended three games for slew-footing the Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson in last week’s game and thus will be eligible to return Wednesday in a bit of irony. That could be interesting. Blueliners Charlie McAvoy (non-COVID illness) and Jakub Zboril (lower-body injury) missed the Tampa game. It should be Swayman (7-4-1, 2.26 GAA, .918 SV) in net Wednesday. Boston is 5-0 in its past five as a road favourite.

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver won for the third time in four games Monday, 4-0 over the visiting Los Angeles Kings in Bruce Boudreau’s Canucks head coaching debut. Boudreau (66 years, 331 days) became the fourth-oldest head coach in NHL history to win in his debut with a team. Thatcher Demko had his first shutout of the season and second career. Vancouver was 2-for-4 on the power play and killed off both Kings PP chances. Brock Boeser (fifth of season), Conor Garland (eighth), Juho Lammikko (first) and JT Miller (ninth) scored the goals. Boeser ended a 13-game goal drought. Lammikko had been a healthy scratch the past five games. The Canucks are 3-7 in their past 10 as home underdogs.

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