Carolina Hurricanes (5-7-3) at Boston Bruins (10-8-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -182 / Carolina Hurricanes +165 --- Over/Under: 5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins play Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden.
The Carolina Hurricanes have won five of their last seven games and continue to try and climb up the standings. The difference for the Hurricanes during this stretch has been their defense that’s allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games. Overall, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals on the season but have won eight of their last 10 games when allowing two or less goals. Cam Ward has allowed 25 goals on 266 shots and Anton Khudobin has given up 17 goals on 158 shots faced. Offensively, Elias Lindholm and Jiri Tlusty have combined for 12 goals, Justin Faulk has eight assists and Jeff Skinner has 37 shots on goal. The Carolina Hurricanes have scored a power play goal in six of their last seven games, bumping their pp average to 20.8 percent.
The Boston Bruins return home after losing back-to-back road games and they’re in the heart of the Atlantic standings. Despite allowing 11 goals in their last two games, the Bruins have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games. Overall, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have won six straight games when allowing three or less goals. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 14 goals on 168 shots and Tuukka Rask has given up 33 goals on 335 shots faced. Offensively, Carl Soderberg and Brad Marchand have combined for 10 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 10 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 42 shots on goal. The Boston Bruins have scored four power play goals in their last four games and have won four straight at home.
The Hurricanes are 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record. The Bruins are 39-15 in their last 54 games playing on 1 days rest and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Metropolitan. The Hurricanes are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings, while the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
While the Hurricanes are playing their best hockey of the season right now, much of their success has come at home. While the price isn't great, you have to back the Bruins at home until Carolina proves it can be successful on the road.