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After Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the Montréal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins (23-22-10, 13-12-5 at home) have now lost nine straight games as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks (34-20-2, 11-13-1 on the road), Canada’s most successful team this season, to the TD Garden at 1 p.m. for a matinee matchup.
Today’s game will be the first and only tilt between the two teams this season. As if fans need to be reminded, Boston hasn’t won a home game since their 2-1-overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day and is yet to win a game at the TD Garden this year. Their offensive futility, highlighted by scoring only three goals on 89 shots in their last two games, has stretched the team’s current losing streak to its longest in franchise history since an 11-game streak of losses between December 3, 1924 and January 5, 1925.
The Canucks, whose popularity amongst television viewers aged 18-34 has grown exponentially since the fall of 2005, are currently in the midst of a 14-game road trip as their home rink prepares to welcome the Winter Olympics this coming Friday. After winning seven straight games to vault themselves into third place in the Western Conference, they dropped their last two games: a 3-2 loss to Montréal and a 3-1 decision to the red-hot Ottawa Senators.
Taking a closer look at the visiting Vancouverites:
For those looking for something to smile about, enjoy the fact that the Orland Kurtenblog, Canada’s prognosticating duo of Jason Brough and Mike Halford that prides itself on being right 51% of the time, predicted a Bruins victory today. If that isn’t reassuring enough, enjoy Canucks forward Ryan Kesler’s recent “Dancing With the Stars” tryout, found on the same page.