The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins have their share of history over the years. Most recently things have gone in favor of the Bruins, but the Canucks are putting together a quality season that could help change history for the Western Conference team. At the moment, both teams are fighting for a playoff spot as the Bruins cling to the second wild card spot in the East and the Canucks battle the best in the West which makes this another strong game in the rivalry's history.
The Bruins are beginning a grueling road trip after dropping back-to-back games. They head off to the West for five games facing the Canucks, Calgary, Edmonton, St. Louis and Chicago. All of those teams sit in playoff contention as the Bruins remain barely hanging on in the standings. The team was recently on a roll winning eight of 10 games before hitting a rough patch going 1-3-0. They fell to the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 before losing to the Dallas Stars 5-3. Team forward Milan Lucic believes hitting the road and getting a change of scenery will be good for the team as they prepare for the rivalry matchup.
"Sometimes, a change of scenery is good," Lucic said, via ESPN.com. "We've been a pretty good home team, other than the last two games, but it's always exciting to head out West and have a change of scenery."
The Canucks prepare to face Boston at home after ending their recent road trip on a good note. The team got the overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Things were looking rough after the team blew a two-goal lead, but Henrik and Daniel Sedin came through in overtime with a goal 1:20 into the period. The Sedin's have been thriving recently, responsible for a lot of the Canucks' success. Daniel has four goals and three assists in the past seven games. Henrick has eight assists during that stretch. The issue for Vancouver is the struggling Ryan Miller who has a 3.31 goals-against average dropping five of his last seven starts.