Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Player Props, Picks and Predictions – Thursday, Feb. 08

Oct 5, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden.
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We have your Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Vancouver Canucks hit the road to face the Boston Bruins.

The Vancouver Canucks (34-11-5) are set to clash with the Boston Bruins (31-10-9) in a high-stakes showdown at TD Garden. With both teams leading their respective conferences, this matchup has all the makings of a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Odds Info

Moneyline: Vancouver Canucks +116 (FanDuel) / Boston Bruins -130 (PointsBet)

Puck Line: -1.5 – Vancouver Canucks -210 (PointsBet) / Boston Bruins +175 (PointsBet)

Total: 6.5 – -120 (PointsBet) / -100 (PointsBet)

Game Info

Date: Thursday, Feb. 08

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: TD Garden – Boston, MA


Vancouver Canucks Betting Trends

  • This season, the Vancouver Canucks have hit 32 overs and 18 unders.
  • On the road this season, the Vancouver Canucks have hit 19 overs and 7 unders.
  • As the underdog this season, the Vancouver Canucks have hit 15 overs and 6 unders.

Boston Bruins Betting Trends

  • This season, the Boston Bruins have hit 25 overs and 25 unders.
  • At home this season, the Boston Bruins have hit 11 overs and 13 unders.
  • As the favorite this season, the Boston Bruins have hit 22 overs and 22 unders.

Historic Head-to-Head Stats and Analysis

Over the last three seasons, the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks have faced off four times, with the Bruins emerging victorious in three of those encounters. The games, spanning from the 2021-2022 to the 2022-2023 seasons, have seen the home team secure wins in three instances, while the visiting team has claimed victory once. When it comes to betting statistics, both teams have split the outcomes against the spread, with each team covering twice. In terms of totals betting, the under has been the more common outcome, hitting three times compared to the over, which has only occurred once. Key statistics from these matchups reveal that the Bruins have consistently been the favorites, as indicated by their lower moneyline odds in each game. The Bruins have also demonstrated a strong season win percentage, particularly in the 2022-2023 season where they had a win rate of over 77%, compared to the Canucks’ sub-40% in the same season. The games have been relatively close in terms of final score spreads, with the largest being a 3-point spread in favor of the Bruins during their November 2022 meeting.

The most recent game between the two teams took place on February 25, 2023, with the Boston Bruins defeating the Vancouver Canucks with a final score of 3-1. The Bruins, who were the visitors, were favored to win as indicated by their closing moneyline of -295 compared to the Canucks’ +232. The game remained tight through the first two periods, with the Bruins leading by two goals, both scored in the first period. The Canucks managed to narrow the gap in the third period, but an empty-net goal by the Bruins sealed their victory. The final score spread was 2, with the Bruins covering the 1.5-point closing spread. The total score of 4 fell well below the over-under line set at 6.5, resulting in an under outcome. The Bruins showcased their defensive strength with more blocked shots and hits, and both teams had an equal two days of rest prior to the game. Boston’s power play conversion rate was notably successful at 33.3%, while Vancouver failed to capitalize on their power play opportunities.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Predictions

The Canucks, riding a 2-game winning streak, enter the game as the top team in the Western Conference. They’ve been on an impressive run, showcasing their offensive prowess led by right wing Brock Boeser, who tops the team with 30 goals, and defenseman Quinn Hughes, who has dished out a team-high 52 assists. Vancouver’s offense, averaging 3.8 goals per game, will test the Bruins’ defense, which has been solid throughout the season, allowing an average of just 2.6 goals per game.

Boston, despite a recent loss, remains a dominant force in the Eastern Conference. Right wing David Pastrnak has been a standout performer for the Bruins, leading the team with 33 goals and 40 assists. The Bruins’ balanced attack and strong defensive play, coupled with their home-ice advantage where they’ve posted a 16-5-3 record, could prove challenging for the visiting Canucks. However, Vancouver’s road record of 16-7-3 suggests they are more than capable of handling the pressure of an away game.

This game not only features two of the league’s best teams but also a battle between elite goaltenders. The Canucks’ Thatcher Demko and the Bruins’ Linus Ullmark have been instrumental in their teams’ success this season. With both teams excelling on special teams and at even strength, the key matchups to watch will be Vancouver’s top line against Boston’s defensive pairings, and whether Pastrnak can continue his scoring streak against Vancouver’s stingy defense. This game could very well come down to which star shines brightest and which goalie stands tallest.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Pick

The stage is set for an offensive showcase as the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins face off. With the Canucks averaging 3.8 goals per game and the Bruins not far behind at 3.4, the firepower on both sides is undeniable. Vancouver’s recent acquisition of Elias Lindholm adds another layer of scoring depth, which could prove pivotal in this matchup. The Bruins’ David Pastrnak is on a tear, contributing significantly to the team’s scoring tally. Considering both teams’ offensive capabilities and recent trends, with the Canucks hitting the over in 3 of their last 5 games and the Bruins in 3 of their last 5 at home, the over on a total line of 6.5 presents a compelling bet.

While the historic head-to-head data leans towards the under, the current form and offensive strength of both teams suggest a different outcome for this game. The Canucks’ power play, bolstered by Lindholm, and the Bruins’ consistent scoring from Pastrnak and Marchand, indicate that goals could come in abundance. Furthermore, both teams have had ample rest, which should translate to fresh legs and sharp execution on the ice. Given these factors, the over is a promising pick for bettors looking to capitalize on this high-profile NHL clash.

The Pick: Over 6.5 -100 (PointsBet)

Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Player Prop Picks

Here are the players who have hit over their current prop line in at least 7 of their last 10 games.

Vancouver Canucks

Player Name Prop Line Over Rate Over Odds Under Odds Last 10 Average Projection
Quinn Hughes Points 0.5 8/10 -166 +130 1.4 1.20
J.T. Miller Points 0.5 8/10 -190 +145 1.4 1.20
Conor Garland Shots On Goal 1.5 8/10 -190 +145 2.5 2.40
J.T. Miller Assists 0.5 7/10 -105 -125 1.1 0.97
Elias Lindholm Points 0.5 7/10 -130 +100 0.9 0.80
Elias Pettersson Points 0.5 7/10 -215 +165 1.3 1.08

Boston Bruins

Player Name Prop Line Over Rate Over Odds Under Odds Last 10 Average Projection
Charlie Coyle Points 0.5 9/10 -140 +110 1.3 1.20
Charlie McAvoy Shots On Goal 1.5 9/10 -175 +135 2.4 2.27
Pavel Zacha Shots On Goal 1.5 9/10 -166 +130 2.1 2.07
Charlie Coyle Assists 0.5 7/10 +130 -166 0.9 0.89
David Pastrnak Assists 0.5 7/10 -115 -115 0.8 0.82