Last Updated: 2019-05-12
The Carolina Hurricanes look to tie the series up at TD Garden in second game of the Eastern Conference Finals. This Eastern Conference matchup gets going at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 12, and it’s being televised live on NBC.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Boston enters the matchup as the heavy favorite with a -150 moneyline. The line for Carolina sits at +130, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-130 money on the under, +110 on the over).
The Bruins are 58-38 straight up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 4.3 units this season. That winning percentage, the league’s second-best so far in this young season, is right in line with what the team managed during last year’s regular season (50-32). Out of its 96 regular season outings, 52 of them have gone under the total, while 40 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team is 34-15 SU at home this year.
Boston’s offensive skaters attempted 33.0 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.2 goals per outing (ranked 11th overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the club’s climbed to an average of 35.1 shots on goal ( 3.2 goals per game).
Following a regular season where they found the net on 26.5 percent of all power-play chances (the third-best), the Bruins have connected on 30.0 percent of their power plays in the postseason. Their penalty kill has gone from 80.3 percent in the regular season to 82.5 percent in the playoffs.
Averaging 26.2 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (36-24-6) has been the top option in goal for the Bruins this season. If head coach Bruce Cassidy chooses to give him a rest, however, the team might turn to Jaroslav Halak (22-18-18 record, .922 save percentage, 2.34 goals against average).
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will both lead the charge for the Bruins. Marchand (115 points) has tallied 41 goals and 74 assists and has recorded two or more points in 35 different games this year. Pastrnak has 44 goals and 48 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 51 contests.
Over on the visiting bench, Carolina is 54-40 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.2 units this season. Through 94 regular season contests, 50 of its games have gone under the total, while 42 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the away team, Carolina is 25-23 SU.
Carolina has converted on 17.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked eighth overall and it’s successfully defended 80.4 percent of all penalties.
Carolina’s skaters have been penalized 3.5 times per game in total this season, 3.8 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Petr Mrazek (24.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. Mrazek has 29 wins, 21 losses, and four OT losses to his credit, while registering a .913 save percentage and 2.39 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Hurricanes, much of the offense will run through Sebastian Aho (35 goals, 58 assists) and Teuvo Teravainen (27 goals, 58 assists).
Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
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Three of Boston’s last five games gone under the total.
This game features two clubs that fire the puck on goal a lot. Carolina has taken the league’s most shots on goal (34.0) while Boston has attempted the ninth-most (33.0).
Over Carolina’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
Carolina skaters have given out the league’s seventh-most hits per game (26.6).