Hurricanes vs. Bruins - 1/4/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (19-15-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (11-23-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +124 / Boston Bruins -137 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, TSOH
The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes square off Sunday afternoon at the PNC Arena.
The Boston Bruins have split their last eight games and begin a short two-game road trip. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have five power play goals in their last six games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Brad Marchand leads Boston wit 11 goals, Carl Soderberg has 19 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 23 goals on 282 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 78 goals on 856 shots. The Bruins have lost three of their last four road games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes have lost five of their last seven games and remain dead last in their division. The Hurricanes are averaging 1.9 goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have one power play goal in their last seven games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty have combined for 20 goals, Justin Faulk has 15 assists and Jeff Skinner has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in their last six games. Anton Khudobin has allowed 30 goals on 310 shots faced and Cam Ward has given up 63 goals on 738 shots.
The Bruins are 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 43-16 in their last 59 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 3-8 in their last 11 home games and 21-43 in their last 64 overall. The Bruins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
With the way the Hurricanes have been stinking it up especially in the last month, the Bruins have to be the pick here. Carolina is simply trash.