Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins - 8/11/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins - 8/11/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (41-25-5) at Boston Bruins (44-17-12)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Boston Bruins -135 / Carolina Hurricanes +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins meet Tuesday in game one of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes haven’t played in over a week and are coming off a sweep of the New York Rangers. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.67 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with three goals, Sebastian Aho has five assists and Joel Edmundson has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 1.33 goals per game and are killing 92.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed three goals on 50 shots faced and James Reimer has given up one goal on 38 shots.

The Boston Bruins didn’t win a single game in the round robin stages, which means they haven’t won a game since March 10. The Boston Bruins are averaging 1.33 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Wagner leads Boston with two goals, Joakim Nordstrom has one assist and David Pastrnak has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has allowed four goals on 29 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has allowed five goals on 60 shots.

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The Hurricanes are 8-3 in their last 11 Tuesday games, 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win and 6-0 in their last 6 overall. The Bruins are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 0-6 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite. The under is 5-2 in Hurricanes last 7 overall. The under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 overall. The Hurricanes are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.

The Boston Bruins have won six straight games against the Hurricanes and nine of the last 10 meetings overall. We also know the Bruins are better than what they showed in the round robin stages. With that said, the Hurricanes made moves at the trade deadline in hopes of making a deep playoff run, and they're simply playing the better hockey in the bubble up to this point. Obviously things can change quickly, but in terms of what we've seen right now, the Hurricanes and the plus money is an attractive bet for game one of this series.

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Randy’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes +120

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