Last Updated: 2019-05-16
The Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes are ready to clash at PNC Arena in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The opening face-off is at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 16, and you’ll be able to witness this Eastern Conference matchup live on NBC Sports Network.
Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Carolina (+100) is currently the underdog to Boston (-120), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -125 for the under and +105 for the over.
Boston is 60-38 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 53 of its games have gone under the total, while 41 have gone over and just four have pushed. This 2018-19 Bruins team is 25-23 SU on the road.
Following a regular season where they scored on 26.8 percent of all power-play chances (the third-best), the Bruins have been able to score on 31.9 percent of their power plays in the postseason. Their penalty kill’s gone from 80.9 percent in the regular season to 85.7 percent in the playoffs.
Boston’s offense attempted 32.9 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.2 goals per contest (ranked 11th overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the club’s attempting an average of 34.3 shots on goal ( 3.3 goals per game).
Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (38-24-6) has been the top option in goal for Boston this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Bruce Cassidy might turn to Jaroslav Halak (22-18-4), who has a .922 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average this year.
The visiting Bruins will be led by Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Marchand (116 points) has tallied 42 goals and 74 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 36 different games. Pastrnak has 44 goals and 49 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 52 games).
Carolina is 54-42 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 51 of its contests have gone under the total, while 43 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team’s 29-18 SU at home this season.
Carolina has converted on 16.5 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark 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.
The Hurricanes have been penalized 3.6 times per game this season, and 4.2 per game over their past five contests. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Petr Mrazek has stopped 24.7 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for Carolina. Mrazek has 29 wins, 22 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a fairly-weak .910 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average this year.
Sebastian Aho (35 goals, 60 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Hurricanes.
Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
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For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in four of their last five outings.
This game features two clubs that fire the puck on goal a lot. Boston has taken the league’s ninth-most shots on goal (32.9) while Carolina has attempted the most (33.9). The Bruins have averaged 36.8 shot attempts over their last five road games while the Canes have taken 31.0 shots over their last five home outings.
The Bruins are 28-17 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 42-25 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.
Carolina has created 15.4 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 10.6 takeaways per game (ranked 2nd in the league).
Boston is ranked sixth this season with 8.4 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as it has managed 7.1 takeaways over its last 10 games and 7.2 takeaways over its last five.