Carolina Hurricanes (0-1, best of seven) @ Boston Bruins (1-0, best of seven)
May 12, 2019, 3:00 PM EST (TD Garden)
ESPN NHL Scores: Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Heading into game two, the inevitable, powerhouse, Stanley Cup Final of the San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins looks even more likely.
Part of that was due to the Shark’s 6-3 victory over the Blues yesterday and the rest of the credit goes to Boston’s stellar power play performance against the Carolina Hurricanes. That “inevitable” feeling is one things, but the games still need to be better played!
With that being said, the Over/Under is what we’ll be discussing for today’s game, so can Petr Mrazek become the goaltender the Canes need or will we see another offensive surge from the Bruins?
In game one, the Hurricanes were over-powered and were forced to get away from their own formula for success. While the Hurricanes did win the possession battle overall (52.5 CF%), they lost it in 5-on-5 situations (49.0 CF%), which is their bread and butter.
The Hurricanes were the number one CorsiFor% team in the league this year. At 54.8%, the Canes were able to manage their games as best they could.
Even when down in a game, like earlier in the playoffs against the Capitals, the Hurricanes could still find a way to catch up because of their puck possession abilities.
For the Hurricanes to keep up, Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal will be counted on to keep up their current scoring pace. Staal, who has a 26.7 shooting percentage, needs to find more situations to fire the puck at the net.
Andrei Svechnikov is another name that should be synonymous with skill. Increasing his ice-time (currently at 12:32 per game) should help the Canes put a couple more goals on the board or at the very least, own the puck possession numbers. His assist in game one was a thing of beauty.
It felt like a party in Boston, during game one. The puck seemed to be glued to the Bruin’s sticks, even while defending a lead (where you’d expect the team playing catch-up to possess the puck more).
The Bruins got pretty scattered scoring help, with only Brad Marchand (2A) and Marcus Johansson (1 G, 1A) earning more than one-point.
The power play was another major factor in the game, with the Bruins scoring two very timely PP Goals to take the lead, early in the third.
It was even a great night for Tuuka Rask, posting a .935 SV% on 31 shots. After another great game for Tuuka, the Bruins are now the “best” defensive team left in the playoffs, based on the goals against per game.
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The total has gone OVER in 6 of Carolina’s last 8 games.
Carolina are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
Carolina are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against Boston.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 7 games.
Boston are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston’s last 8 games against Carolina.
Free NHL Predictions: Carolina Hurricanes @ Boston Bruins
Game one in a series is very rarely an indication of how the entire series will go. I’m not say that four-game sweeps aren’t a possibility in this series, but I doubt that the Canes will allow the third period to get away from them, as it did in game one.
That being said, I expect the second game to be much closer. The Canes should grab a stronger hold on the possession side of things and will help keep this score low.