Hockey OddsAfter conceding the first two games on the road, home ice advantage will be even more important for the Boston Bruins when they take on the Vancouver Canucks in game four on Wednesday. The Bruins cannot afford to drop another game to Vancouver regardless of where they play, but with the hometown fans providing the support that they have all season they should be rewarded with a big win.

Vancouver Canucks @ Boston Bruins

Wednesday June 8, 2011 – 8:00 PM ET


TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts


Online Sports Betting
Odds: Boston Bruins – 120

The Canucks will try not to let off the gas and lose any momentum in the series, but that is something that may be easier said than done. Vancouver has been the better team through the first week of the series, but with the Belmont Stakes betting race right around the corner, they will be tested by a determined Bruins’ team that will have to play with much more urgency.

NHL Betting Preview: Vancouver Canucks

The Sedin twins have been dominant this postseason, but they will face their toughest task against Zdeno Chara and company on the road. The Bruins have the second change on home ice and will get to match lines, and that will make life harder for the Canucks’ top offensive players. Netminder Roberto Luongo has proved this postseason that he can handle the pressure of the playoffs, and he will need to continue to prove that on the road. Vancouver’s special teams have been among the biggest keys to their success, and their powerplay could be the decisive pay per head factor in game three.

NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins

The Bruins have gotten all that they can get out of goaltender Tim Thomas, and it will now come down to their offense solving Luongo at the other end if they are going to work their way back in this series. Boston’s special teams have been awful this postseason, and it is absolutely unacceptable that a team good enough to win the Eastern conference championship cannot get a goal on the powerplay. The addition of defenseman Thomas Kaberle has largely been a bust, and players like him are running out of time to prove their merit at the highest level. Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi are among the key goal scorers that Boston has relied on, and if they can’t break through the Bruins will be in trouble.

NHL Betting: Matchup & Pick

It is hard to imagine the Bruins just rolling over in what could be their final game on home ice, and even though Vancouver had looked dominant at points in this series, we will give them the sports betting bonus benefit of the doubt to take game four. Boston knows what it takes to win this game and has the talent, and it will now come down to execution.

BSNblog Pick: Boston Bruins - 120

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