Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins - 8/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins - 8/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (46-18-12) at Carolina Hurricanes (42-26-6)

NHL Hockey: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -107 / Boston Bruins -107 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes meet Monday in game four of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.  

The Boston Bruins look to take complete control of the series with a win here and a 3-1 lead. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.17 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Wagner leads Boston with two goals, David Krejci has four assists and Patrice Bergeron has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.67 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has allowed five goals on 59 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has allowed 11 goals on 114 shots.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a bounce back showing to even up the series at 2-2. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16 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 2.17 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed nine goals on 128 shots faced and James Reimer has given up three goals on 73 shots.

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The Bruins are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 39-16 in their last 55 games following a win and 18-8 in their last 26 overall. The Hurricanes are 8-2 in their last 10 Monday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The under is 6-1 in Bruins last 7 overall. The under is 5-1 in Hurricanes last 6 overall. The Bruins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.

The Boston Bruins looked solid in their game three victory, but you have to question if Halak can be that good in net time and time again, especially when facing 30 or more shots on target. Tuukka Rask leaving the bubble and considering himself out for the season is a massive blow for the Bruins. The Carolina Hurricanes had their chances to win game three, and they've done a decent job lately of bouncing back from losses. I lead toward the Canes evening up this series with the advantage in net and a club that's been sharper offensively in the bubble. 

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Randy’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -107

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