Boston Bruins (45-18-12) at Carolina Hurricanes (42-25-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +105 / Boston Bruins -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in game three of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for a rebound victory here to take a 2-1 series lead. The Boston Bruins are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Wagner leads Boston with two goals, Patrice Bergeron has three 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 11 goals on 114 shots.
The Carolina Hurricanes have a chance at back-to-back victories to take a 2-1 series lead. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with four goals, Sebastian Aho has seven assists and Joel Edmundson has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing two goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed seven goals on 90 shots faced and James Reimer has given up three goals on 73 shots.
The Bruins are 45-21 in their last 66 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The under is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall. The Bruins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Carolina and 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes have been playing the better hockey up to this point since joining the bubble, and they could easily have a 2-0 lead after blowing many chances in a game one overtime loss. And even knowing that, I'm still going to back the Boston Bruins and the cheap price. The Bruins have won seven of the last eight meetings against the Hurricanes, and they're a grizzly veteran team that knows how to get it done in the playoffs. I crucial game threes with the series tied, I want experience on my side. I'll back the Bruins and more than reasonable price.