Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Boston Bruins (5/12/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies
Antti Raanta made 34 saves, Seth Jarvis scored two goals and Vincent Trocheck had three points (one goal and two assists) as the home team Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-1 to take a 3-2 series lead.
Carolina is +380 to win the Eastern Conference and +750 to hoist the 2021-22 Stanley Cup; they beat the Edmonton Oilers in the 2005-06 Stanley Cup Finals to win their only title in franchise history. Bruins is +1300 to win the Eastern Conference in 2021-22 and +2800 to win the Stanley Cup this season; the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2010-11, sixth in franchise history.
Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Boston Bruins Betting Odds
Carolina is -350 to win the best of seven first round series against Boston. The Hurricanes are 5-16 in their last 21 playoff games as an underdog. Over is 4-0-1 in Carolina’s last five Conference Quarterfinals games. The home team is 5-0 in the last five meetings between the Hurricanes and Bruins. Boston is +270 to win their first round series against Carolina. The Bruins have won 36 of their last 51 games as a home favorite. Over is 4-0-1 in Boston’s last five Conference Quarterfinals games.
Carolina Hurricanes Analysis
Sebastian Aho led the team in scoring with 81 points (37 goals and 44 assists). He was a +18 and led the club in power play goals with 13 and game winning goals with nine. Aho had two assists on Tuesday and tied Eric Staal for the second most for the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers in Stanley Cup Playoff history with 24, per NHL.com. The Carolina star forward is +2200 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy this year. Andrei Svechnikov, the second pick in the 2018 draft finished the season second in scoring on the Hurricanes with 69 points in 78 games (30 goals and 39 assists). He was a +19, scoring nine power play goals and five game winning goals in 2021-22. Svechnikov is a physical forward who delivered 189 hits during the year: second on the team. In 31 career playoff games, the 21-year-old has tallied 22 points (10 goals and 12 assists). He’s +4500 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy. Teuvo Teravainen was third on the club in scoring with 65 points (22 goals and 43 assists). In his sixth season in Carolina, he was a +22, scoring nine power play goals, two shorthanded goals and two game winning goals in 2021-22. Teravainen had three assists in the Game Five win over the Bruins; he has five points in the series vs. Boston.
Anthony DeAngelo led all Carolina defensemen in points with 51 (10 goals and 41 assists) in 64 games. He was second on the club in plus/minus at +30 while averaging 19:49 of ice time per contest. On Tuesday night he scored a goal and had two assists; he leads the Hurricanes in playoff scoring with eight points. Jacob Slavin played in 79 games leading the Hurricanes is plus/minus at +35. He had 42 points (four goals and 38 assists); scoring seven points on the power play in 2021-22. Slavin opened the scoring in Game Five; he has four career playoff goals.
Antti Raanta has started four games in the first round series against the Bruins, winning two games. He’s made 97 saves on 103 shots (.942 save percentage) against Boston with a GAA of 1.96; sixth among goalies in the postseason.
Boston Bruins Analysis
Brad Marchand led the Bruins in assists (48) and points (80) this season. He was a +16, scoring seven power play goals, two shorthanded goals and six game winning goals this season. Marchand averaged 19:15 of ice time per game and delivered 78 hits in 2021-22. A member of the Bruins 2010-11 Stanley Cup champions, he has nine points (three goals and six assists) in the 2021-22 postseason. David Pastrnak led the Bruins in goals with 40 and second in points with 77. He was the team leader in game winning goals with nine and power play goals with 15. During the season he was a +13 while averaging 18:36 of ice time per game. He has four points (two goals and two assists) in the first round against the Hurricanes. Center Patrice Bergeron had 65 points (25 goals and 40 assists) in 73 games this campaign. The four-time Selke Trophy winner was second on the Bruins in plus/minus at +26, while averaging 18:10 of ice time per game. Bergeron has scored 23 points on the power play (eight goals and 15 assists) and scored four game winning goals on the year. He’s second on the club in postseason scoring with six points through five games.
Charlie McAvoy led the Bruins defensemen in scoring with 56 points (10 goals and 46 assists). He led the club in blocked shots with 130 and registered 156 hits. He was the Bruins team leader in plus/minus at +31 while averaging 24:39 of ice time per game. He missed Game Four on Sunday after being placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, was a -1 with two shots on goal, four hits and three blocked shots in 25:14 of ice time on Tuesday evening. Matt Grzelcyk had 24 points (four goals and 20 assists) in 73 games in 2021-22. He was a +22, averaging 18:44 of ice time per games and blocking 83 shots on the year. In 59 career playoff games, he’s blocked 56 shots and registered 57 hits.
Jeremy Swayman has started three games for the Bruins in the first round: winning two of those contests. In the Game Five loss at Carolina, he made 33 saves. In the playoffs he has a GAA of 2.68 with a .911 save percentage.
Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Boston Bruins Picks & Prediction
During the regular season, Carolina scored 3.4 goals per game, ranking them ninth in the NHL. The Hurricanes have scored first in each game of the series against the Bruins; they have scored five goals in each of their three victories in the first round. On the defensive side, the Hurricanes allowed 2.4 goals per game which was first in the league. The Bruins scored 3.1 goals per game during the regular season, 15th in the NHL. In their two wins in the first round, they’ve scored nine goals and in their three losses have scored only four goals. Defensively Boston allowed 2.7 goals per game, fourth overall.
I’m going to go with Carolina to close out the first round series against Boston on the road, winning the game 5-2, going over six combined goals. The Hurricanes have had a more balanced scoring attack than the Bruins and have shown to be the better club through the first five games of the first round.