Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes - 5/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes - 5/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (57-23-8) vs Boston Bruins (54-29-5)

Game Info: Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 4:30 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -140 / Boston Bruins +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Boston Bruins head into this game 7 shutdown having picked up a crucial 5-2 win in game 6. Through 82 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 255 times, good for a rank of 15th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.66 goals per game. During the regular season, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to punch their ticket to the second round as they take on the Bruins at home. Through 82 games, the Hurricanes have scored 278 goals, giving them an average of 3.38. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.44 goals per contest. For the regular season, the team played the 30th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.

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Through 82 games, the Boston Bruins' leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. With his 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 82 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.

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.

This game 7 matchup between Boston and Carolina has an over-under betting line set at 5.5 goals. So far, every game in this series has gone over this total, including the two teams combine for 7 goals in game 6. Look for this to happen again, as both the Hurricanes and Boston are above the league average in offensive Corsi rating. I recommend taking the over in game 7.

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