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Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 5/9/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
Date & Time Thursday May 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +125 / Boston Bruins -152 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCSN
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The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in game one of the NHL Eastern Conference finals at the TD Garden.

The Carolina Hurricanes have won each of their last six games and are coming off a sweep of the New York Islanders. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 10.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Teuvo Teravainen leads Carolina with six goals, Jaccob Slavin has 11 assists and Justin Faulk has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 20 goals on 230 shots and Curtis McElhinney has given up four goals on 75 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in their last six games.

The Boston Bruins have won their last three games and are coming off a six-game series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with six goals, Brad Marchand has eight assists and Patrice Bergeron has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 27 goals on 435 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in their last nine games.

The Hurricanes are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Finals games, 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win and 39-17 in their last 56 overall. The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 Conference Finals games, 27-9 in their last 36 games playing on 2 days rest and 55-23 in their last 78 home games. The Hurricanes are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Boston and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Hurricanes last 7 overall. The under is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 overall.

You can make a case the Carolina Hurricanes look like the best team in the playoffs right now with six straight wins and an offense that's caught fire as of late. The problem is the Hurricanes have lost 15 of their last 22 games as a road underdog and they've been beat up in past recent meetings against the Boston Bruins. In fact, the Bruins have won five of the last six games against the Hurricanes and the average margin of victory in those games was 2.2 goals. The Boston Bruins have won 16 of their last 21 games as a home favorite and played some of their best hockey down the stretch to close out the Blue Jackets. Rask is saving 95.3 percent of his shots in his last five games, which is easily some of his best goaltending of the season. I like the home team to draw first blood in this series.

Pick:
Boston Bruins -152

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