The Boston Bruins will try to extend their current winning streak to four games Thursday night when they host the Vancouver Canucks as -170 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston’s current hot streak has featured wins against three Atlantic Division rivals, but it takes a three-game winless streak against Western Conference opponents into Thursday night’s Canucks vs. Bruins betting matchup at TD Garden.
The Bruins are coming off a big 4-1 road victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, lifting them to 53 points in 45 games, good for fourth place in the Atlantic Division, and giving them sole possession of the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The club has outscored opponents by an 11-4 margin on its current tear, ending a brutal stretch in which it posted just two wins in its previous 10 games, including just one victory in its past five on home ice.
The Canucks’ visit to Beantown marks their fifth stop on a six-game road swing.
Vancouver fell 3-2 to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, dropping it to 2-2 on its current road trip, and continuing a bout of inconsistency that has seen it record consecutive wins just once in its past 10, going 5-5 over that stretch, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
The Bruins last faced the Canucks in Vancouver on Dec. 5, with Tuukka Rask earning a 4-0 shutout in their most recent win against an opponent from the Western Conference.
However, Boston has struggled overall in recent meetings with the Canucks, failing to record back-to-back wins since Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, going 2-4 in six meetings since then.
Following their date with the Canucks, the Bruins await a visit from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday before traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers on Monday.
The Blue Jackets sport an NHL-low 38 points ahead of their Thursday night clash with the Calgary Flames, and are coming off a lopsided 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals, ending a brief two-game win streak.
Columbus has just one victory in its past six road dates, but claimed a 3-1 win last week against Toronto Maple Leafs in their last contest away from Nationwide Arena, and it has won two straight against Boston, ending a stretch of seven straight losses to the Bruins.
The Flyers have lost two straight at home, but have played some of their best hockey of the season over their past two weeks, going 5-2 in their past seven overall, and are 2-0 in two previous meetings with Boston this season.