Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 8/13/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (41-25-6) at Boston Bruins (45-17-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Boston Bruins -142 / Carolina Hurricanes +128 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in game two of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win here to even up the series at 1-1. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.67 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with three goals, Sebastian Aho has six assists and Joel Edmundson has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 1.33 goals per game and are killing 92.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed seven goals on 90 shots faced and James Reimer has given up one goal on 38 shots.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory to take control of this series with a 2-0 lead. The Boston Bruins are averaging 1.33 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Wagner leads Boston with two goals, Patrice Bergeron has two assists and David Pastrnak has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has allowed four goals on 29 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has allowed eight goals on 88 shots.
The Hurricanes are 18-6 in their last 24 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games, 39-15 in their last 54 games following a win and 17-7 in their last 24 overall. The under is 5-2 in Hurricanes last 7 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The Hurricanes are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Boston and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes are the more physical team in game one, had two leads and scored late in the third to even the game up. So, losing in doublers overtime can't feel good for the Canes. If you're the Boston Bruins, that game one victory was a much needed shot in the arm after going winless in the round robin games and now it feels like they have all the momentum heading into the second contest. The winner of those playoff overtime games comes away with so much pep in the step, while the loser can be down in the dumps emotionally.
With a quick turnaround, I'll side with the Bruins to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.