Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions, Game 4 Picks, Betting Tips 8/17/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Monday, August 17, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-105) Hurricanes (-115)
Jaroslav Halak and the Boston Bruins go to Scotiabank Arena on Monday where they'll take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of their series. Boston leads the series 2-1. The Hurricanes open this contest at -115 while the Bruins are coming in at -105. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Bruins are covering 62.9% of the time, having gone 44-26 SU. Carolina is covering 52.4% of the time, going 33-30 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 44 victories and 14 losses, which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 227 goals which ranks them 6th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +60, which puts them at 1st in the league. The Bruins have a total of 100 points, which ranks them 1st in the league and 1st in the East. When talking about shots toward the net, they have a total of 2,247 which ranks them 6th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in the league. As a team, Boston has racked up a total of 1,562 hits which means they have an average of 22.3 per contest. They have a total of 754 blocks for the year. Looking after the goal for Boston is Jaroslav Halak from Gothenburg, Sweden. He is 34 years old and has racked up 1,833 minutes minding the goal for the season. Halak is conceding an average of 2.39 goals per game which places him at 4th among Eastern Conference goalies and 7th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the year, he's surrendered 73 goals. His save percentage is .919 which places him at 6th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Bruins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 victory against the Hurricanes in Game 3. The Bruins were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in the win. In the outing, they finished 3 out of the 39 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 5 power play attempts and netted 1 goal out of those attempts. Boston racked up a total of 10 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Bruins was 45 and the Corsi against was 34 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 57.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 and the Fenwick against was 28, meaning they had a rate of 54.1%. They won 21 face-off wins and lost 15 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 51.9% and they had a PDO of 103.8 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Carolina Hurricanes put up 30 shots. They had a total of 10 penalty mins and they tallied 5 power play opportunities.
The Hurricanes will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the year they sit with 38 victories and 25 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the conference and 8th in the NHL with +24. They currently have a total of 217 goals for the year which ranks 9th in the Eastern Conference. Carolina has a save percentage as a team of .903 which currently has them ranked 17th in the NHL, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 9.6% putting them at 9th in the conference. In goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having an average season by giving up 2.69 goals against average and that has him 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 25th in the NHL. In the 2,321 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 104 goals. He's earned a save % of .905, which places him at 22nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 44th in the NHL.
In Game 3 Carolina earned a 43.0% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 34 while they conceded a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick rate came in at 45.9% by earning a Fenwick of 28 and the Bruins ending the game with a 33 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Carolina had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO at even strength of 96.2 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 48.1%. The Hurricanes scored 1 goal out of the 30 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 power play chances in this one and scored 1 out of those opportunities. In discussing the opposition, the Bruins had 5 power play chances and were able to tally 1 goal. Carolina gave way to 39 shots on goal and the Bruins ended up with a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Boston (-105)
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