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Canucks vs. Bruins Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview Jan. 7

The Rematch

The Number two team in the NHL hosts the Number three team when the Vancouver Canucks travel to Boston on Saturday morning (Pacific Time) in what is the game of 2012 so far.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (25-13-3) at BOSTON BRUINS (25-10-1)
Date/Time: Saturday, January 7, 1:00 PM ET (YES That’s 10:00AM Pacific)
Venue: TD Garden, Boston Massachusetts
Broadcast: NHLN-US (HD), SNET-P (HD), NESN (HD)
Canucks vs. Bruins Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Bruins -1 ½ (+180)
Moneyline: Canucks +147: Bruins -165
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

Both teams suffered a bit of a Stanley Cup hangover but have come on and have shown why they were the pinnacle of the NHL last season.

Vancouver is 16-4-2 in their last 22 games and the Bruins are a staggering 23-3-1 in their last 27.

Needless to say, Saturday’s game figures to be a Heavyweight showdown of epic proportions.

Vancouver is the second highest scoring team in the NHL behind – guess who? The Boston Bruins. The Canucks snapped out of a mini-funk (a two-game losing streak) with a 3-0 win at home against Minnesota on Wednesday night to build a little momentum ahead of Saturday’s game.

It has been the Sedin show offensively to no one’s surprise. Henrik has 48 points to tie Claude Giroux of the Flyers for first in the NHL scoring race, while Daniel is tied for third, two points back.

However, the twins combined for just five points in the Stanley Cup Final last season with Henrik registering only one point in the seven games.

Scoring hasn’t been an issue this year so far but it just may be against Boston’s league leading goals against.

Massachusetts native Cory Schneider will start in net for the Canucks in favor of Roberto Luongo.

Curious move?

Maybe!

But Schneider is 6-1-0 with a 1.62 GAA in his last nine appearances.

The Boston Bruins are scorching at the moment. A look at the NHL stats reveals the fact that the Bruins are Top-10 in almost every offensive and defensive category.

They are deep, they are talented and they just may be the best overall team that the league has seen in some time.

Canucks vs. Bruins

Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Betting Lines & Handicapping Preview

There are absolutely no holes in the Bruins lineup.

The thing that makes Boston scary is that their offense has caught up to the defense and the team not only leads the league in goals against but in goals for as well.

They have outscored their opposition 15-1 in their last two games – the latest being a 9-0 shellacking of the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. On the season, Boston has amassed 138 goals and has given up just 69!

David Krejci has 4 goals and 7 assists during a seven-game points streak for the Bruins while Patrice Bergeron has 4 goals and Nathan Horton has 3 goals in the last two games.

Tim Thomas will likely get the nod in goal on Saturday after Tuukka Rask recorded the shutout on Thursday night. Thomas is an incredible 17-6-0 with a miniscule 1.90 goals against average and a .940 save percentage this season.

It is hard to imagine but Tuukka Rask’s numbers are even better.

Thomas posted a 1.15 GAA against the Canucks in the Cup finals last season.

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions

Both the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins are in the elite class of NHL teams – both sit just one point behind the New York Rangers in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy. Vancouver is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, 16-4-2 in their last 22 while Boston is 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, 23-3-1 in their last 27.

I know that hockey fans all over are looking forward to this contest – it should be a dandy!

It is a well know fact in sports that West Coast teams have a difficult time when travelling to the Eastern Time zones – this game should be no different!

A 1:00 PM ET start will not help the Canucks in the least either.

Expect Vancouver to be a tad sluggish at the beginning of the game – that may be all it takes against the uber-solid Bruins. Chalk one up for the NHL schedule makers – the Bruins have been handed an enormous edge before the game even starts.

Boston gets it done Saturday in a very entertaining tilt!

Pick: Boston Bruins -165

Here are some interesting Player Props for Saturday’s game:

Brad Marchand Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 1.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)

Daniel Sedin Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Ryan Kesler Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Kevin Bieksa Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Vancouver Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Boston Shots on Goal
Line = 32.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

(Click To Bet Now At Bovada.lv (Bodog.ca If Your In Canada))

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