NHL Betting: Vancouver To Make It Eight From Eight In Minnesota


Boston Bruins vs Calgary Flames

Huge outsiders Calgary have already made the Boston Bruins work extremely hard for a 2-1 win this month - and the Flames' form suggests this might not be the walkover the odds expect.

That being said the Bruins are looking imperious again, dropping only two points from the last 24 available at home. Perhaps the only question is how they will respond to being whacked 6-2 by Vancouver on Saturday, but again you need to go back to the start of last month for the last time the B's lost two straight.

Whilse Calgary's form of five wins over the last ten isn't enough to mean they can return to contention, the potential for shock results remains. Wins over LA and Phoenix stand out in particular and the knowledge that this is a transitional season gives them a certain amount of freedom.

Jiri Hudler had the Flames' only goal in that previous and is very close to clocking double the points total of any of his teammates. Blatantly the Czech needs better support, though injuries are also a big reason for that alarming statistic and for the most part their roster is now healthy. As much as that will help, the Bruins will likely have Calgary on the back check for long periods. Boston are available at just 1.67 so take a look at under 4.5 total goals for 2.35.

 

Minnesota Wild vs Vancouver Canucks

An air of satisfaction currently emanates from the Vancouver Canucks' camp as their coaching change of bringing in John Tortorella over the offseason seems to have clicked in a big way, and they've burst out onto a seven-game winning run.

After five straight home outings that streak faces examination in Minnesota against a Wild club that more than any other team in the league has been reliant on their home results.

Early on in the season it may have come with some teething confidence but Vancouver went back to basics defensively and now the best penalty kill in the NHL, plus excellent goaltending means they are standing out. Solidity has bred confidence in their offence adding more goals to the mix.

Although they've been managing to survive off their own miserly defence, the Wild have netted just once in each of their last three and I think this game comes at the wrong time for them. Moreover this is a matchup that Vancouver has historically dominated having been division rivals prior to realignment. Take the Canucks to make it eight at 2.80.

 

Best Bet: Vancouver Canucks to win at 2.80.

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