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Preview: Canucks visit Boston

Throwing it all the way back to 2011

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts

Who: Vancouver Canucks (30-18-5)

When: 7:00 P.M. EST

Where: TD Garden

How to Follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival Site: Nucks Misconduct

Know your Rival

The Vancouver Canucks currently lead the Pacific Division with 65 points in 53 games. For the first time in a long time, the Canucks have been must-see television this season. Elias Petterson leads the team in scoring with 55 points, followed closely by offseason acquisition J.T. Miller. However, Quinn Hughes has stolen the show from his peers.

For those from Western Massachusetts, you may be rooting for someone else for the Calder this season, but Hughes is giving Cale Makar a run for his money. The former Michigan Wolverine has recorded 39 points in 52 games. That’s not at the same pace as last year’s Hobey Baker winner, but he has been fun to watch nonetheless.

Game Notes

  • The Canucks aren’t the best road team. They are only 13-13-2 on the road this season.
  • The Bruins penalty kill has been strong recently, while the Canucks powerplay has struggled as of late. Since January 1, the Canucks rank 28th goals per hour on the powerplay.
  • The last time these two teams met at TD Garden, the Bruins lost 8-5. In that game, the top line got outshot 13-8 and outscored 2-1 at 5v5. Hopefully the Bruins will get their revenge in this one.