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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins - 5/16/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes
Date & Time Thursday May 16, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Arena
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Boston Bruins -125 / Carolina Hurricanes +105 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCSN
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The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes meet Thursday in game four of the NHL Eastern Conference finals at the PNC Arena.

The Boston Bruins hope to make their third Stanley Cup final appearance in the last nine years with a victory here. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 31.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with six goals, Brad Marchand has 10 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing two goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 32 goals on 525 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 12 games.

The Carolina Hurricanes need a win to save their season and force a game five on Saturday. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 10 percent of their power play opportunities. Teuvo Teravainen leads Carolina with seven goals, Jaccob Slavin has 11 assists and Justin Faulk has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 70.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 30 goals on 282 shots and Curtis McElhinney has given up six goals on 106 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Bruins are 8-0 in their last 8 Conference Finals games, 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite and 23-7 in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 3-8 in their last 11 playoff games as an underdog. The Bruins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall.

The Boston Bruins have won 22 of their last 29 gams as a favorite. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost 10 of their last 15 games as an underdog. 

For the most part, the Boston Bruins have dominated this series and have been the best team in the playoffs during this six-game winning streak where they're winning by an average of 2.5 goals during that span. The Carolina Hurricanes have gotten nothing easy offensively in this game and that's with them outshooting the Bruins in two of the three games. Maybe shots will find the back of the net this time around, but the Bruins have given us no reason to fade them, and this is an experienced team that knows you finish teams in the playoffs when you have the chance. I'll take the road team and the cheap price to compete the sweep.

Pick:
Boston Bruins -125

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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