The Carolina Hurricanes were the talk of the NHL through the first two rounds of the playoffs, but things have changed in a hurry. Carolina ran into a tough and gritty Boston Bruins team in the Eastern Conference Finals, and are quickly down 2-0 in the series. The Hurricanes will now return home to try to get back into the series, but the Bruins know how to win on the road as well. Boston can push the Hurricanes to the brink of elimination with a win in game three, and they have plenty of momentum to get the job done.
Carolina reached the Eastern Conference Finals by dispatching the Washington Capitals in round one, and then putting on a show in the semifinals. Carolina swept the New York Islanders out of the playoffs in round two, and came into this series with plenty of rest. Boston has had to work hard to reach the Conference Finals, but were able to get past the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blues Jackets. The Bruins are no stranger to having success in the playoffs. Carolina is -115 over the Boston Bruins in game three of the series.
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Boston Offense Scoring Like Crazy
Boston hasn’t been a great offensive team this season, but they could have fans fooled with their first two games in this series. The Bruins exploded for five games in the series opener, before scoring six more in their game two victory. Boston got just 25 shots on goal in game two, but six of them found the back of the net. Left winger Brad Marchand led the team with 100 points during the regular season, and has 15 so far in the postseason. Boston has three different players tied for the team lead with six goals, and they have plenty of confidence on offense.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask has carried the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals before, and he looks like he just might do it again this season. Rask has posted a 2.02 goals against average so far in the playoffs, and also has recorded a shutout. The Bruins were the third toughest team to score on in the regular season, and that defense has worked well against the Hurricanes. The Bruins are playing great on both ends of the ice.
Defense, Goaltending Need to Step Up For Carolina
Carolina didn’t show any flaws during the first two rounds, but they have some things that need to be fixed before game three. Goaltender Petr Mrazek was forced to miss a couple games against the Islanders, and it looks like he might still be injured. The Hurricanes were awful on defense in game two, but their goaltender didn’t do anything to help solve the problem. Mrazek has recorded two shutouts in the playoffs, but is now just stopping 89 percent of shots against him. Carolina must find a way to slow down the Bruins offense to get back in the series.
The Hurricanes scored 10 goals in their final two games against the Islanders, but have managed just four of them so far in this series. Carolina only managed to get 23 shots on net in game two, and controlling the puck has been a problem for them against the Bruins. Teuvo Teravainen leads the team with seven goals in the playoffs, and Sebastian Aho has tallied 11 points. The Hurricanes are going to need their stars to step up in game three.
Hurricanes Protect Home Ice in Game
The Hurricanes have looked overwhelmed through the first two games of this series, but things should improve as they return home. Carolina is just playing too well in the playoffs to lose three games in a row, and they will find offense in this game. Boston won’t score this much on the road, and the Hurricanes are going to get back in the series. Bet the Carolina Hurricanes -115 over the Boston Bruins.
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