Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins - 12/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+136) Bruins (-150)
TD Garden is the site where Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (19-3-5, 1st in the Atlantic Division) will play the Carolina Hurricanes (16-10-1, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) on Tuesday. The odds on this matchup have the Hurricanes coming in at +136 and the Bruins are at -150. The total is set at 6. The Hurricanes are covering 57.7% of the time, having gone 15-11 SU. Boston covers 70.4% of the time, going 19-8 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 16 victories and 10 defeats, ranking them 4th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 87 goals which has them at 8th in the conference and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +11, ranking them 6th in the league. The Hurricanes currently have a total of 33 points, which has them at 9th in the league and 5th in the conference. With reference to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 908 which has them at 4th in the East and 7th in the league. As a group, Carolina has a total of 347 hits which means they are averaging 12.9 per contest. They currently have a total of 237 blocks for the season. The man protecting the net for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has played a total of 1,052 minutes in goal for the season. Mrazek is conceding 2.68 GAA which has him placed 8th in the Eastern Conference and 17th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 47 goals. He has a save % of .901 which has him placed 18th in the Eastern Conference.
The Carolina Hurricanes were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their previous contest. The Hurricanes played like an average offensive team in this victory. In this matchup, they scored on 3 of the 24 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 4 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal out of those attempts. Carolina had 12 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Hurricanes was 29 and the Corsi against was 50 giving them a Corsi percentage of 36.7%. Their Fenwick was 21 while the Fenwick against was 36, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 36.8%. They took 19 face-off wins at even strength and lost 21 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 35.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 106.8 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning tallied a total of 38 shots. They finished with a total of 18 minutes in the box and they had 6 power play chances.
The Bruins are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 19 wins and 3 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL with +38. They currently have a total of 99 goals for this year which puts them at 2nd in the conference. Boston has a save percentage as a team of .929 which has them sitting 1st in the NHL, meaning scoring chances may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.8% putting them at 1st in the East. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having a solid year by giving up only 2.04 goals per contest and that ranks him 1st among East goaltenders and 2nd in the NHL. In the 1,030 mins he has been on the ice, he's given up 35 goals. He holds a save percentage of .933, which has him ranked 1st among East goaltenders and 2nd in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins faced off against the Montreal Canadiens in an outing where the Bruins ended up with the victory by a score of 3 - 1. For this game, Boston went home with a 48.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 38 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick rate came in at 53.6% with a Fenwick of 30 and the Canadiens having earned a 26 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Boston played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their PDO at even strength was 102.1 and their oZS percentage was 51.5%. The Bruins netted 3 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those opportunities. In discussing their opponent, the Canadiens had 1 power play opportunity but didn't put the puck in goal. Boston gave up 29 shots on goal and the Canadiens had 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Carolina (+136)
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