The Vancouver Canucks (30-18-5, 65 points) continue an East Coast road trip with a visit to TD Garden in Boston to face off against the Boston Bruins (31-10-12, 74 points) on Tuesday. Vancouver lost its last game 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. The loss snapped Vancouver's five-game winning streak, but the Canucks remain in first place in the Pacific Division by three points over Edmonton.
Boston has won three straight following a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins have won four of the last five and lead the Atlantic division by five points over second place Tampa Bay and 11 points over third-place Toronto. It appears the Bruins are back on the winning track with seven wins in the last 10 games overall.
Vancouver extending its lead in the PacificThe Vancouver Canucks lead the Pacific Division by three points over Edmonton, four points over Vegas and five points over Calgary. Just last week five teams were within one point of one another during the NHL All-Star Game break. However, the Canucks came out of the break winning five straight and began to stretch their lead at the top of the division.
Elias Pettersson leads the Canucks in goals scored with 23 and points with 55. Center JT Miller is the assists leader with 33. Vancouver's defense is allowing an average of 2.96 goals per game while the offense generates slightly more at 3.28 goals-per-game. The Canucks power play is successful 23.0% of the time while it's penalty kill has a success rate of 81.5% .
Boston beginning to see Tampa Bay in the rear view mirror
Boston continues to lead the Atlantic division but it's one-time lead of 15 points has now shrunk to five in part because of a bad stretch by the Bruins but Tampa Bay has also won 15 of the last 18 and is beginning to pressure the Bruins. Boston has won three straight to keep the Lightning at bay for now.
David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in goals scored with 38 and is the team leader in total points with 75. Left Winger Brad Marchand is the leader in assists for the Bruins with 46. Boston has one of the better defenses in the NHL and allows an average of just 2.45 goals per game while scoring an average of 3.34 goals per game. Boston's power play is successful 27.2% of the time while it's penalty kill has a success rate of 84.2%.
- Boston is 4-1 in the last five
- The Bruins are 5-2 in the last seven at home
- Vancouver is 1-4 in the last five against a team from the Atlantic division
- The Canucks are 0-4 in the last four played on a Tuesday