Tuesday NHL Betting Odds and Picks: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Canucks vs. Bruins and More (Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2020)

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Feb 03, 2020, 06:48 PM EST

I underestimated the Vancouver Canucks coming into the season. It was no secret that there was plenty of emerging talent at Rogers Arena, but I thought Vancouver was a season away from being more than a fun-but-flawed team. The Canucks have proven to be much more than that and lead the Pacific Division after 53 games.

Vancouver takes on the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night as part of a 13-game NHL slate.


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Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins

  • Canucks odds: +155
  • Bruins odds: -185
  • Over/Under: 6
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET

The great thing about talent is that it can help cover up blemishes. The Vancouver Canucks have a lot of talent, though they also have some blemishes, too.

Let’s start with the good. Vancouver is led by an incredible core of talented youngsters. Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes lead the way, but there are plenty of terrific players at the top of this roster as Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller are all bonafide top-line players this season. The defense, led by Hughes in his sensational rookie campaign, isn’t as impressive, but Hughes, Tyler Myers, Alex Edler and Chris Tanev make up a good enough top four. All this skill has turned Vancouver’s power play into a weapon, though it will be the second best PP on the ice in Boston on Tuesday.

In other words, the Canucks are clicking in a few phases of the game, but the Canucks’ 5-on-5 metrics show they are still punching above their weight in the big picture. Vancouver’s 48.7% expected goals rate ranks 22nd in the NHL this season and the Canucks have been even worse over their last 25 games with a 45.4% expected goals share.

It’s not a great trend, but is this number big enough to take a shot on the Canucks playing their third game in four nights on the road against one of the league’s best teams?

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