Energized by the coaching change, front office shakeup, and the line changes implemented by Boudreau, Vancouver came out playing organized, responsible hockey, in addition to scoring two goals a piece in the second and third periods to take home the victory.
Whilst Vancouver’s outlook on the season is currently quite grim, as the team still sits last in the Pacific Division with a 9-15-2 record, there is hope that a long over-due staff shakeup can kick this team into the right direction.
The fanbase will be hoping Vancouver can continue to ride this high into their next game on Wednesday night, where the Boston Bruins will visit Rogers Arena for game three of the Vancouver’s six-game home stand.
Boston comes to town well rested, having not played since Saturday, in which they lost 3-2 in overtime at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins, currently fifth in the Atlantic Division, have a record of 12-8-1, and are led by stars including Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak.
The Bruins are a well-disciplined veteran team, led by head coach Bruce Cassidy, and also carry some of the best special teams across the league. Boston currently has both the sixth-ranked powerplay and penalty kill.
The Canucks will need to play another defensive and structured game at home in order to keep the Bruins in neutral for most of the night.
After getting the shutout against the Kings on Monday, expect the Canucks to return to Thatcher Demko in net on Wednesday, while Boston should turn to Jeremy Swayman between the pipes.
The odds for Wednesday’s game between the Bruins and Canucks are courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook, the official sports betting partner of FanSided.
Bruins vs. Canucks Odds and Totals:
5.5 goals (over -115 // under -105 )
Canucks +1.5 at -190
Bruins -1.5 at +170
Bruins vs. Canucks Prediction:
Boston is obviously a well-organized club with lots of star power, but they definitely haven’t played their best hockey this year. After having a few nights off, while also travelling across the continent and potentially overlooking a struggling team with a new coach, expect them to be stuck in a dogfight with the Canucks for most of the night.
Vancouver’s re-energization and re-focusing from hiring Boudreau should continue into Wednesday, hopefully allowing the Canucks to match the Bruins stride for stride. This writer isn’t completely convinced that Vancouver has enough talent to pull out another victory, especially with Elias Pettersson still in his slump, but they should be able to keep the game close for all 60 minutes.
Pick: Canucks +1.5 at -190
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