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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins - 12/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Bruins (20-12-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (14-15-5)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -113 / Boston Bruins +102 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NESN, FSCR
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The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 27.4 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 22 goals, Brad Marchand has 25 assists and David Krejci has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 41 goals on 481 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 42 goals on 603 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Carolina Hurricanes could use a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 12 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 19 assists and Justin Williams has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Curtis McElhinney has given up 26 goals on 323 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 36 goals on 351 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 9-20 in their last 29 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Bruins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 20-8 in Hurricanes last 28 overall. The under is 20-9-1 in Bruins last 30 overall.

The Boston Bruins have had serious issues on the road this season, but they're head and shoulders playing better hockey than the Carolina Hurricanes at the moment. The Hurricanes can't put together 60 minutes of hockey and have been getting destroyed defensively during this losing stretch. The Bruins have had great success playing on the end of back to backs and have won the last four meetings against the Hurricanes by an average margin of two goals. I'll side with the Bruins and the more favorable price.

Pick:
Boston Bruins +102

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