Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes - 8/17/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (46-18-12) at Carolina Hurricanes (42-26-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +110 / Boston Bruins -125 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in game four of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Monday night.
The Boston Bruins will look to take a 3-1 series lead after going up 2-1 in the series with a 3-1 victory over the ‘Canes in game three.
The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Charlie Coyle opened the scoring for the Bruins on the power play just :14 into the second period. The goal held up until Sean Kuraly doubled Boston’s lead 1:16 into the 3rd period with the B’s short-handed. Nino Niederreiter got Carolina on the board just over five minutes later, but despite their best efforts to find a tying goal, Carolina wouldn’t get any closer as Brad Marchand iced Boston’s victory with an empty-netter late in the 3rd. Jaroslav Halak got the win in goal for Boston after stopping 29 of 30 shots faced in the win while Petr Mrazek took the loss for Carolina after giving up two goals on 38 shots in defeat.
Boston is 39-16 in their last 55 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 Monday games. Carolina is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 Monday games. Boston is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings as well.
This has been an up and down series that’s been hard to figure out from game to game, but as far as game four goes, the total seems about right at 5, but I’m going to side with the over as I think the offenses play a bit more free in this one and I expect Carolina to come out with a sense of urgency while Boston will want to shut up shop as soon as possible. Give me the over as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium play that you can find here.