Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins Predictions, Game 2 Picks, Betting Tips 8/13/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+120) Bruins (-140)
Scotiabank Arena is the venue where Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins will play the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday in Game 2 of their series. The Hurricanes open this matchup at +120 while the Bruins are priced at -140. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Hurricanes are covering 52.4% of the time, having gone 33-30 SU. Boston is covering 62.9% of the time, going 44-26 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 38 victories and 25 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 217 goals which has them at 9th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +24, putting them at 8th in the NHL. The Hurricanes have a total of 81 pts, which has them at 13th in the NHL and 8th in the conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they have a total of 2,261 which has them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL. As a group, Carolina has collected a total of 1,136 hits which means they are averaging 16.7 per contest. They have a total of 640 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has totaled 2,321 minutes in net this year. Mrazek is surrendering an average of 2.69 goals per contest which has him ranked 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 25th in the NHL. During this season, he has allowed 104 goals. He has a save percentage of .905 which has him ranked 22nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Hurricanes are coming into this series after a 4 - 1 victory against the Rangers in their last game. The Hurricanes had a solid offensive outing in the victory. In the game, they scored on 4 out of the 31 shots they attempted. They also had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Carolina had 6 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Hurricanes was 53 and the Corsi against was 51 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 51.0%. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick against was 38, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 49.3%. They earned 31 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 41.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 109.5 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the New York Rangers racked up a total of 38 shots. They had 6 penalty mins and they had 3 power play chances.
The Bruins will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they have 44 victories and 14 losses. Regarding goal differential, they rank 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL with +60. They have earned a total of 227 goals for the season which has them ranked at 6th in the East. Boston has a team save % of .921 which currently has them sitting 1st in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.1% putting them at 6th in the conference. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having an average season by allowing 2.12 goals per contest and that places him 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,402 mins he has played this season, he has allowed 85 goals. He has a save % of .929, which has him placed 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL among goalies.
The Bruins faced off against the Capitals in a game where the Bruins were on the wrong end of the score by a score of 2 - 1 their last time out. In this game, Boston earned a 61.4% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 62 while they gave up a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick rate was 62.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 44 and the Capitals ending the game with a 26 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Boston had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO was 92.3 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 28.6%. The Bruins netted 1 goal out of the 31 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Capitals had 2 power play attempts but didn't tally a goal. Boston gave way to 25 shots on goal and the Capitals earned a total of 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina (+120)
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