Carolina Hurricanes (41-25-5) at Boston Bruins (44-17-12)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Boston Bruins -135 / Carolina Hurricanes +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in game one of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes punched their ticket to the quarter-finals after sweeping the New York Rangers in their qualifying round series three games to none after a 4-1 win in their last outing. Sebastian Aho led the way for the ‘Canes, posting a ridiculous eight points with three goals and a team-high five assists in the opening round with 10 shots while Andrei Svechnikov had a hat trick for his three goals while sitting in second in team points with five. Sami Vatanen also had three assists for the Hurricanes while Joel Edmundson has a team-high 13 shots through the opening round. Petr Mrazek and James Reimer split the time in goal for Carolina, with Mrazek going 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a .940 save percentage while Reimer had a .974 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA after his only start of the qualifiers.
The Boston Bruins enter the Eastern Conference quarters as the #4 seed after losing all three games in the round-robin format to Washington, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia by a combined count of 9-4. Chris Wagner led the B’s with two goals while Charlie McAvoy had a goal and an assist to share the Bruins’ points lead at two points. Jake DeBrusk also had a goal while seven different Bruins sit with an assist through their opening three games of postseason play. David Pastrnak, who led the Bruins with 48 goals and 95 points in the regular season, had a team-high 13 shots in the opening three games for Boston in the round-robin. Tuukka Rask split time with Jaroslav Halak in the round-robin, with Rask going 0-2 with a .917 save percentage and 2.55 GAA while Halak posted an .862 save percentage and 4.30 GAA after his lone start in the qualifying round.
Carolina is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win and 6-0 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Carolina is 7-19 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.
I’m having a hard time figuring out who’s going to take the series in the end as I could easily see it going either way, but one thing I am expecting is that it’s going to be tight and physical. I can see this opening game being somewhere in the area of 3-2, so I’ll side with the under as my free pick for this game. However my stronger play is on the side, and I have it available as a premium pick that you can find here.