Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Pacific (Vancouver), NESN (Boston)
ABOUT THE CANUCKS (9-6-1): Pettersson sat out the first matchup due to a concussion that sidelined him for six contests, but he scored against Detroit to become the fifth player in league history to notch 10 goals in his first 10 career games. The 2017 No. 5 overall pick had a five-point game in Friday’s 7-6 win over Colorado to give him 16 points — most among league rookies. “There’s some guys that you can tell are wired for success, and I feel like he is,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “He talks like he is, and he’s been very humble still and not getting too far ahead of himself.”
ABOUT THE BRUINS (8-4-2): Tuukka Rask allowed four goals in his last three starts after a rocky beginning to the season, but he understands why Cassidy is giving the nod to backup netminder Jaroslav Halak against Vancouver. Halak has earned the confidence of the team by posting league-leading marks in goals-against average (1.45) and save percentage (.952). “The schedule hasn’t been crazy and Jaro has played unbelievable, that’s how it goes,” Rask said. “If you’re a hot goalie like that then you’ve got to let him play, I totally get it, it hasn’t affected me mentally really that much.”
1. Pastrnak had an NHL-best 12 goals in 14 games through Tuesday’s action.
2. Canucks F Brock Boeser missed Tuesday’s game due to a groin injury and is day-to-day.
3. Boston ranks fifth in the league on the power play, converting 13 of 44 chances (29.5 percent).