Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins Predictions, Game 1 Picks, Betting Tips 8/11/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+138) Bruins (-152)
Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes go to Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their series. The Bruins open this matchup at -152 while the Hurricanes are priced at +138. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Hurricanes cover 52.4% of the time, having gone 33-30 SU. Boston covers 62.9% of the time, going 44-26 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this matchup with a record of 38 victories and 25 losses, ranking them 4th in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 217 goals which ranks 9th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the league. Their goal differential is +24, ranking them 8th in the league. The Hurricanes currently have a total of 81 points, which ranks 13th in the league and 8th in the East. In connection with shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 2,261 which ranks 4th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the league. As a team, Carolina has a total of 1,136 hits which has them averaging 16.7 per game. They currently have a total of 640 blocks for this year. The man looking after the goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has racked up 2,321 mins in net for the campaign. Mrazek is allowing 2.69 goals per contest which has him ranking 13th among East goaltenders and 25th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 104 goals. He holds a save % of .905 which has him ranking 22nd among East goaltenders.
The Hurricanes were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 win over the Rangers in their last contest. The Hurricanes had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in the victory. For the game, they converted 4 out of the 31 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Carolina earned a total of 6 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 53 and the Corsi against was 51 giving them a Corsi percentage of 51.0%. Their Fenwick was 37 while the Fenwick against sat at 38, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 49.3%. They earned 31 face-off wins and lost 25 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 41.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 109.5 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the New York Rangers earned a total of 38 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty minutes and they earned 3 power play opportunities.
The Bruins will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 44 victories and 14 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they rank 1st in the conference and 1st in the league with +60. They have compiled a total of 227 goals for the year which has them at 6th in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a team save percentage of .921 which currently has them sitting 1st in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 10.1% putting them at 6th in the conference. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having an average year by allowing 2.12 goals per contest and that places him 2nd among Eastern Conference goalies and 2nd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,402 minutes he's played this season, he's given up 85 goals. He holds a save percentage of .929, which has him sitting 3rd among Eastern Conference goalies and 4th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Bruins squared up with the Capitals in a matchup where the Bruins took the defeat by a final score of 2 - 1. For this game, Boston had a 61.4% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 62 while they allowed a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 62.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 44 and the Capitals earning a 26 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Boston played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO was 92.3 and their percentage of oZS was 28.6%. The Bruins netted 1 goal of the 31 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Capitals had 2 power play chances but were not able to notch a goal. Boston gave way to 25 shots on goal and the Capitals earned a total of 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina (+138)
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