Last Updated: 2019-05-09
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins are ready to face off at TD Garden in Game 1 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. This Eastern Conference matchup gets started at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 9 and it’s being shown live on NBC Sports Network.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Boston (-150) is currently favored over Carolina (+130), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-135 money on the under, +115 on the over).
Boston is 57-38 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked second in the NHL in this young season, is right in line with the 50-32 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. Through 95 regular season outings, 52 of its games have gone under the total, while 39 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team is 33-15 SU at home this year.
After sporting the third-strongest power-play unit in the regular season (scoring on 26.2 percent of all opportunities), the Bruins have connected on 28.6 percent of their extra-man advantages in the postseason. Their penalty kill has gone from 80.4 percent in the regular season to 83.8 percent in the playoffs.
The Bruins’ offense attempted 33.1 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.1 goals per contest (ranked 11th overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the team is up to an average of 35.7 shots on goal 3.1 goals per game.
Boasting a .919 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (35-24-6) has been the best option in goal for the Bruins this season. If head coach Bruce Cassidy chooses to give him the evening off, however, Boston might turn to Jaroslav Halak (22-18-18 record, .922 save percentage, 2.34 goals against average).
The Bruins will continue to look for offensive production from Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Marchand (113 points) is up to 41 goals and 72 assists and has recorded two or more points in 35 different games this year. Pastrnak has 44 goals and 48 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 51 contests.
Carolina has netted 3.2 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 54-39 straight up (SU). A total of 50 of its games have gone under the total, while 41 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Hurricanes are 25-22 SU as the road team this season.
The Hurricanes have converted on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked eighth overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Carolina’s players have been penalized 3.5 times per game in total this season, 3.4 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Petr Mrazek (2.36 goals against average and .914 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Carolina. Mrazek is averaging 24.9 saves per game and has 29 wins, 20 losses, and four OT losses to his credit.
For the visiting Hurricanes, the offense will run through Sebastian Aho (34 goals, 58 assists) and Teuvo Teravainen (27 goals, 58 assists).
Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
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Over Boston’s last ten outings, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-0 in those games).
Carolina has scored 4.0 goals per game (while giving up just 1.7) over their three-game winning streak.
Penalties and power plays could be even more critical than usual in this game. The Hurricanes are 22-21 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 38-30 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Bruins are 27-17 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 40-25 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Boston is 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Carolina is 2-2 in shootouts.
Four of Boston’s last five outings gone under the total.
Carolina skaters have averaged 11.0 giveaways per game (ranked 19th).
Boston has averaged 10.4 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 9.9 giveaways per game (ranked 13th in the league).
Carolina skaters have dished out the seventh-most hits in the league (26.6 per game).