Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/19/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+128) Bruins (-159)
Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes are headed to Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of their series. Boston leads the series 3-1. The Bruins open this game at -159 while the Hurricanes are coming in at +128. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Hurricanes cover 52.4% of the time, having gone 33-30 SU. The Bruins cover 62.9% of the time, going 44-26 straight up.
The Hurricanes were on the losing side of the ice with a 4 - 3 loss to the Bruins in Game 4. The Hurricanes had an average offensive outing in the defeat. In the game, they netted 3 out of the 19 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to net one. Carolina had a total of 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 42 and the Corsi against at even strength was 51 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 45.2%. Their Fenwick was 27 and the Fenwick against sat at 36, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 42.9%. They earned 28 face-off wins and lost 25 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 56.3% and they had a PDO of 99.1 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Boston Bruins tallied 33 shots. They had 2 minutes in the box and they tallied 3 power play chances.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 38 victories and 25 losses, putting them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 217 goals which has them sitting at 9th in the East and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +24, putting them at 8th in the NHL. The Hurricanes currently have a total of 81 pts, which has them sitting at 13th in the NHL and 8th in the East. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,261 which has them sitting at 4th in the conference and 7th in the NHL. As a group, Carolina currently has a total of 1,136 hits which means they are averaging 16.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 640 blocks for this year. The man looking after the net for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has totaled 2,321 mins defending the goal for the year. Mrazek is conceding 2.69 goals per game which has him ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has given up 104 goals. He holds a save % of .905 which has him ranked 22nd in the Eastern Conference.
In Game 4 Boston wound up with a 54.8% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 51 while they allowed a Corsi of 42. Their Fenwick percentage was 57.1% by earning a Fenwick of 36 and the Hurricanes having earned a 27 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Boston played and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO of 100.9 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 43.8%. The Bruins netted 4 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Hurricanes had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to take advantage of it. Boston gave way to 19 shots on goal and the Hurricanes had a total of 6 penalty mins.
The Bruins are the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 44 wins and 14 losses. Regarding goal differential, they sit 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL with +60. They currently have a total of 227 goals for the season which ranks 6th in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a team save percentage of .921 which currently has them ranked 1st in the NHL, which means scoring chances may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 10.1% which is good for 6th in the East. In goal for Boston is Jaroslav Halak who is having an average season by surrendering 2.39 GAA and that has him 4th among Eastern Conference goalies and 7th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,833 minutes he's played, he's allowed 73 goals. He holds a save percentage of .919, which places him at 6th among Eastern Conference goalies and 14th among goaltenders in the NHL.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-159)
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