Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 14, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Carolina Hurricanes -115 / Boston Bruins -106 -- O/U: 5.5
CBC, Sportsnet, TVA, NBCS
The Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals in NHL action from PNC Arena on Monday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to hold serve on home ice as Boston won the first two games of the series in their home arena, taking game two on Sunday in decisive fashion, ending with a 6-2 Bruins win.
The game was scoreless through most of the first period before Mark Grzelcyk and Jake DeBrusk scored 3:10 apart to stake the B’s a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Connor Clifton pushed the lead to 3-0 before Grzelcyk scored his 2nd marker of the game late in the 2nd to push the lead to 4-0 after the 2nd period was over. David Backes made it 5-0 for Boston and Danton Heinen added a 6th just 3:22 later as if the game wasn’t out of reach by that point. Justin Williams got Carolina on the board and Teuvo Teravainen added a 2nd for the ‘Canes, but it was all too little too late as Boston hung on for the victory.
Tuukka Rask got the win to improve to 10-5-0 after stopping 21 of the 23 shots faced in the winning effort for Boston while Petr Mrazek took the loss between the pipes for Carolina, falling to 5-5-0 after allowing all six goals on 25 shots in the defeat.
Boston is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Carolina is 21-6 in their last 27 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Boston is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Getting Carolina with a low line at home is definitely tempting considering how well the Hurricanes have played at home down the stretch and in the postseason so far. However, Boston has flat out owned the first two games of the series, and have had no issues winning on the road and owning the Hurricanes going back to the regular season. Based on what we’ve seen in the first two games, I have to side with Boston until they give me a reason to think otherwise.