BOSTON BRUINS (1-2-0, 2 points)
at CAROLINA HURRICANES (0-2-1, 1 point)
Puck drops: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
Line: Boston -135, Carolina +115, Total: 5.5
The Bruins look to snap out of an early Stanley Cup hangover when they travel to Raleigh to face the winless Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Boston has dominated this rivalry, going 10-2 against Carolina over the past three regular seasons, which includes three straight wins at RBC Center. The Canes did, however, get the best of the Bruins in the 2009 postseason—upsetting the top-seeded B’s in a thrilling seven games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas posted ridiculous numbers against the Hurricanes last season (3-1, 1.75 GAA, .943 SV Pct.), including a shutout in January. And despite a 1-0 loss to the Avalanche on Monday, this works to Boston’s advantage, as the Bruins were 5-1 following a shutout loss last season. Both teams should be hungry to get back on the right track, but expect BOSTON to use steady defense and stellar goaltending to pick up the win on the road.
The FoxSheets provides another trend fading the Hurricanes.
CAROLINA is 26-53 ATS (32.9%, -38.9 Units) first half of the season over the last 3 seasons. The average score was CAROLINA 2.6, OPPONENT 3.4 - (Rating = 1*).
The FoxSheets also likes the UNDER (-130) in this game:
BOSTON is 23-9 UNDER (71.9%, +13.7 Units) in road games first half of the season over the last 2 seasons. The average score was BOSTON 2.7, OPPONENT 2.1 - (Rating = 2*).
The Bruins offense has struggled out of the gate, mustering only five goals in their first three games. It won’t get any easier on Wednesday with C David Krejci (12 goals, 23 points in postseason) out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury. Young centers Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand lead the B’s with three points apiece, and C Rich Peverly—who signed a three-year contract extension Tuesday—has two goals.
Boston defenseman Joe Corvo (1 assist) returns to Carolina to face his former team for the first time. Corvo had played all but 18 games with the Canes over the last five seasons before signing with the Bruins this summer.
Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner wasted no time lighting up the score sheet in his sophomore season, posting one goal and four assists in his first three games. Carolina captain Eric Staal has also chipped in two goals and an assist.
Normally steady goaltender Cam Ward (.923 SV Pct. in 2010-11) is off to a rough start so far, allowing eight goals in his first two starts. The Canes will need Ward to play much better if they have any hopes of competing for a playoff spot this season.