Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions, Game 3 Picks, Betting Tips 8/15/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-125) Hurricanes (+105)
Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday in Game 3 of their series. The series is tied 1-1. The Hurricanes open this contest at +105 while the Bruins are priced at -125. The total opens at 6.5. The Bruins cover 62.9% of the time, having gone 44-26 SU. The Hurricanes cover 52.4% of the time, going 33-30 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this matchup with a record of 44 victories and 14 losses, ranking them 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 227 goals which ranks 6th in the East and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +60, ranking them 1st in the league. The Bruins currently have a total of 100 points, which ranks 1st in the league and 1st in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 2,247 which ranks 6th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the league. As a team, Boston has earned a total of 1,562 hits which means they are averaging 22.3 per contest. They currently have a total of 754 blocks for the year. The goalie for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has played 2,402 minutes minding the goal this season. Rask is allowing an average of 2.12 GAA which places him at 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has given up 85 goals. He has a save percentage of .929 which places him at 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins came out with the short end of the stick in their 3 - 2 loss in Game 2. The Bruins could have played much better offensively in the loss. In the game, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 35 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances and were able to net 2 goals out of those opportunities. Boston earned a total of 8 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 53 and the Corsi against was 51 giving them a Corsi percentage of 51.0%. Their Fenwick was 39 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 39, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They won 29 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 36.3% and they had a PDO of 90.9 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Carolina Hurricanes put up 26 shots. They finished with 8 minutes in the box and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Hurricanes will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 38 wins and 25 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 6th in the conference and 8th in the NHL with +24. They have earned a total of 217 goals for this season which puts them at 9th in the conference. Carolina has a team save percentage of .903 which has them sitting 17th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 9.6% which is good for 9th in the East. In goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having an average year by giving up 2.69 goals per contest and that places him 13th among East goaltenders and 25th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,321 minutes he's been on the ice, he has given up 104 goals. He has a save percentage of .905, which has him ranked 22nd among East goaltenders and 44th in the NHL among goaltenders.
In Game 2 Carolina earned a 49.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 51 while they gave up a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick rate came in at 50.0% by notching a Fenwick of 39 and the Bruins ending the game with a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Carolina played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. They had a PDO at even strength of 109.1 and they had an oZS percentage of 63.7%. The Hurricanes converted 3 goals of the 26 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those opportunities. Concerning the opposition, the Bruins had 3 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 2 goals. Carolina gave way to 35 shots on goal and the Bruins earned a total of 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-125)
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