Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins - 5/6/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins - 5/6/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (51-28-5) vs Carolina Hurricanes (56-20-8)

Game Info: Friday, May 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -125 / Carolina Hurricanes +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes in Friday NHL Playoff Action.

The Carolina Hurricanes come into game 3 of their series vs Boston holding the 2-0 advantage. In game 2, the Hurricanes picked up a 5-2 win. On the season, they have found the net 278 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 1st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.44 goals per game. For the year, the Hurricanes had a strength of schedule rating of 30th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Boston Bruins look to get back on track, after dropping the first two games of their series with Carolina. Through 81 games, the Bruins have scored 253 goals, giving them an average of 3.12. This output gives them a rank of 15th among NHL teams. On defense, Boston is the 4th ranked unit, giving up 2.69 goals per contest. During the regular season, the Bruins have played the 29th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Boston's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 12th in the NHL.

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Through 79 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho with 81 points. He has reached his mark of 37 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.7%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 39 assists to go along with his 30 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.17 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 30 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 81 games, Boston's leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. With his 40 goals and 37 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 77. On the season, he is turning 12.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Bruins have benefited from the strong play of Brad Marchand, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Boston's 81 games, he has come up with 32 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus minus rating of +16. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.45 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 51 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Hurricanes have an over-under record of 40-42. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 24-17. On the season, 54.0% of Carolina's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Hurricanes. Coming into this game, the Bruins have an over-under record of 36-40-6. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 18-20-3. On the season, 52.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. With an over-under line set at 5.5 goals, I recommend the over, as Carolina should once again have a good scoring night, but I expect Boston to put more of a fight in game 3.

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