Last Updated: 2019-05-14
The Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes are set to clash at PNC Arena in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. NBC Sports Network will broadcast this Eastern Conference matchup, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 14.
Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Carolina (-105) is entering this one as the underdog to Boston (-115) and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals. If you want to play the matchup’s total, you’ll be looking at odds of -105 money on the over and -115 for the under.
Boston is 59-38 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 52 of its games have gone under the total, while 41 have gone over and just four have pushed. This 2018-19 Bruins team is 24-23 SU on the road.
The Bruins’ offensive attack attempted 33.0 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.2 goals per contest (ranked 11th overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the team is attempting an average of 34.5 shots on goal ( 3.4 goals per game).
Following a regular season in which they scored on 27.0 percent of all power-play opportunities (the third-strongest in the NHL), the Bruins have been able to score on 33.3 percent of their extra-man advantages in the postseason. Their penalty kill has gone from 80.6 percent in the regular season to 84.1 percent in the playoffs.
Boasting a .919 save percentage and 26.1 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (37-24-6) has been the primary option in goal for Boston this year. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to rest him, however, the team could roll with Jaroslav Halak (22-18-4), who has a .922 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average this year.
The visiting Bruins have relied on Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak this season. Marchand has 115 points on 41 goals and 74 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 36 different games. Pastrnak has 44 goals and 49 assists to his credit (and has registered at least one point in 51 games).
On the other bench, Carolina is 54-41 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 1.2 units this year. Through 95 regular season matches, 50 of its games have gone under the total, while 43 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 29-17 SU at home this year.
The Hurricanes have converted on just 16.8 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.8 percent of all penalties.
Hurricanes skaters have been sent to the penalty box 3.5 times per game this season, 3.2 per game over their past five games total, and 3.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Petr Mrazek has stopped 24.7 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for the Hurricanes. Mrazek has 29 wins, 22 losses, and four OT losses to his name and has recorded a poor .910 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average this year.
Sebastian Aho (35 goals, 59 assists) will lead the offensive counter for Carolina.
Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
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For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their last five outings.
This game features two clubs that force a lot of shots on goal. Boston has taken the league’s ninth-most shots on goal (33.0) and Carolina has attempted the most (33.9).
Carolina is averaging 3.0 goals per game across its three-game winning streak.
Over Boston’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-0 in those games).
Including the regular season, the Canes have registered the seventh-most hits per game in the NHL (26.6), but the club has averaged 35.4 over their past five games as the home team.