Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Boston Bruins (5/6/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

Rookie goalie Pyotr Kochetkov made 30 saves in relief in his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 5-2 in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round at PNC Arena on Wednesday.  Antti Raanta was injured in the first period, forcing Kochetkov into the net.  Nino Niederreiter scored two goals in the Hurricanes victory. 

Carolina is +330 to win the Eastern Conference and +700 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 +1500 to win the Eastern Conference in 2021-22 and +3000 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 -450 to win the best of seven first round series against Boston.  The Hurricanes are 8-0 in their last eight contests overall.  Carolina is 2-8 in their last 10 playoff games as an underdog.  The Hurricanes are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Boston against the Bruins.  Boston is +340 to win their first round series against Carolina.  The Bruins are 6-2 in their last eight Conference Quarterfinals games.  Boston is 1-4 in their last five playoff games as a favorite.  Under is 13-5-3 in Bruins last 21 Friday games.

Carolina Hurricanes Analysis

Forward 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.  In the first two games of the series against the Bruins, Aho has three points (two goals and an assist).  Sebastian Aho is +2000 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 28 career playoff games, the 21-year-old has tallied 22 points (10 goals and 12 assists).  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.  In 61 career playoff games, the forward has 34 points (17 goals and 17 assists).  Teravainen was a member of the 2014-15 Stanley Cup champion, Chicago Blackhawks.

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.  In the first two games of the series against Boston, DeAngelo leads the Hurricanes in points with four (all assists).  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 blocked 121 shots and registered 50 hits this year.  In 33 career playoff games he has 22 points (two goals and 20 assists). 

Goaltending now seems to be an issue for Carolina due to injury.  Raanta made 35 saves in his first NHL playoff start, a 5-1 Carolina win on Monday. Number one goalie Frederik Andersen has not played since April 16 because of a lower-body injury. Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour said Raanta was not placed in concussion protocol; the starter for Game Three has yet to be announced. 

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’s tallied 108 points in 134 career playoff games.  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.  In 65 playoff games, Pastrnak has 68 points (27 goals and 41 assists).  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.  

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.  In the first two games of the series against Carolina, McAvoy has two assists.  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 56 career playoff games, he’s blocked 54 shots and registered 54 hits.

Linus Ullmark started 39 games for the Bruins this campaign, going 26-10-2 with a .917 save percentage with a 2.45 GAA.  The 28-year-old goaltender has started the first two games of the series vs. Carolina going 0-2 with an .860 save percentage and a 4.16 GAA.

Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Boston Bruins Picks & Prediction

During the regular season, Carolina scored 3.4 goals per game, ranking them ninth in the NHL.  On the defensive side, the Hurricanes allowed 2.4 goals per game which was first in the league.  Carolina is 6-2 in their last eight Friday games.  Over is 7-3 in Hurricanes last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games.  The Bruins scored 3.1 goals per game during the regular season, 15th in the NHL.  Defensively Boston allowed 2.7 goals per game, fourth overall.   The Bruins are 14-4 in their last 18 Friday games.  Over is 4-1-1 in Bruins last six playoff games as a favorite.  Despite the Hurricanes issues with their goaltending, I like them to go into Boston and win Game Three 4-2, with the teams combining for over 5.5 goals. 

Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Boston Bruins Starting Goalies & Line Combination

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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