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Bruins Canucks Betting – Canucks Need To Get Back To Their Strengths On Home Ice

Posted by Don Melrose on 6/9/2011 4:37:29 PM
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When the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins made the trip to the east coast for game three of the Stanley Cup finals, it was the Western conference champions that held the commanding two-game lead and the chance to push their opponent to the brink of elimination if they can take one of two games on the road. The Canucks had the edge in nearly every category as the series shifted settings, but after a couple of blowout losses in Boston the Presidents trophy winners head home with more questions than answers ahead of Friday’s game five.

  • Boston Bruins @ Vancouver Canucks
  • Friday June 10, 2011 – 8:00 PM ET
  • Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Online Sports Betting Odds: Vancouver Canucks -175

Vancouver was outscored 12-1 in two road losses as they conceded their series lead, and will now have to account for the Bruins’ physicality and endurance on home ice to avoid heading back to Boston on the brink of elimination ahead of the 2011 Belmont Stakes betting race.NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins

Persistence finally paid off for the Bruins on home ice as their relentless physical attack wore down the Vancouver players and opened things up at the offensive end of the ice. Forwards like Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand continued to attack, and the more they laid out the Canucks’ defenseman the quicker that they wore them down. With more space came more goals, and even without Nathan Horton in the lineup the Bruins exploded for 12 goals on home ice. The key to continue scoring at that rate will come down to whether or not they can continue to dictate the pace of the game on the road, and as long as Tim Thomas continues to perform at an elite level they will have every chance to get the job done.

NHL Betting Preview: Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks’ offense unraveled under the pressure of consistently matching up against Boston’s top defensive pairs, but there should be some benefit with having the final change back home. Vancouver has been thoroughly outplayed the past two games, and if they are going to avoid a third straight loss they will need to use their speed to their advantage rather than playing into the Bruins’ physical game, particularly after the whistle. The smaller Canucks don’t have the size to play that type of contest, and they will need to get their special teams going and let their talent shine through to have any chance.

NHL Betting Preview: Matchup & Pick

While the loss of Horton was a big deal, the Canucks were hurt even more with the losses of Aaron Rome and Dan Hamhuis, which has left their defense core thin. Keith Ballard really struggled in place of Rome in game four, and Vancouver will need to do a better job of dictating the pace of the game to prevent being exposed. The home town fans should give them a bit of sports betting bonus momentum, as the Canucks bounce back with another close win on home ice.

NHL Betting Pick: Vancouver Canucks

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