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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins: Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins

The year’s thrilling online NHL betting playoff action continues this Thursday night with an enticing Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins contest. The Hurricanes come in with their heads held high after sweeping the New York Islanders in their most recent series. Comparatively it took Boston 6-games to get past the Columbus Blue Jackets. Undoubtedly the Bruins are looking for a more dominant outing this time around. So what do the NHL sports betting odds think of the Bruins’ chances at home in Game 1?

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins – Thursday, May 9th     

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

TV: NBC

Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV

Online NHL Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Hurricanes +1½ (-225) 5½ (+125) +125
Bruins -1½ (+185) 5½ (-145) -145
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Carolina Hurricanes          

The Hurricanes have shocked the online NHL betting community by making such a daring postseason run. In their opening round of the postseason, Carolina was pegged against top seeded Washington. Nevertheless, they delivered a gut-wrenching 7-game series that saw them push the Caps to their limits and ultimately eliminate the reigning champs. Afterwards, Carolina drew another top seed in the New York Islanders for their second round series. However, this time around, Carolina would only need 4 to sweep their opponents. But despite coming off such a dominant series, the odds are once again pegging Carolina as the underdog here.

This could pose a problem for Carolina, seeing as how they’re 1-5 in their last 6 games against Boston when they’re pegged as the underdog. Additionally, the Hurricanes are 4-3-3 in their last 10 against Boston. However,  Carolina won 21 of their final 30 regular season games to earn a spot in the playoffs. Needless to say, they bring a ton of momentum into tonight’s matchup.

Players to Watch: Jaccob Slavin (0 G, 11 A, 11 PTS.), Teuvo Teravainen (6 G, 3 A, 9 PTS.), and Jordan Staal (4 G, 5 A, 9 PTS.).

Boston Bruins   

Brad Marchand - Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston BruinsThis postseason has taken a toll on Boston, seeing as how they needed 6 games to get past Columbus and 7 to eliminate the Maple Leafs in the opening round. One of the toughest parts of finding postseason success year after year in this league is the toll it takes on your players. In addition, Boston will be contending without defenseman Charlie McAvoy. Because McAvoy delivered an illegal hit to the head of Columbus’ Josh Anderson, he will be serving his 1-game suspension this evening. Fortunately for Boston, they will have Tuuka Rask on board during tonight’s match. Since Rask posted a .948 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average versus Columbus, he might be all Boston needs.

Players to Watch: Brad Marchand (5 G, 8 A, 13 PTS.), David Pastrnak (6 G, 5 A, 11 PTS.), and David Krejci (4 G, 6 A, 10 PTS.).

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina’s last 7 games against an opponent in the East conference
  • Carolina are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston.
  • Carolina are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against Boston.
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games this season.
  • Boston are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games at home.
  • Boston has posted a 20-28 ATS record when playing at home through 48 home games this season

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins matchup? All things considered, this one is a bit of a tossup. However, since they’re coming off a sweep, we’re going to stick with the underdog here. Sign up today to make your NHL postseason betting prediction!

Score Prediction:  5-3 Carolina.