Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes NHL Game 1 Pick – May 2

Perhaps one of the most physical first-round series this year will be the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes out in the Eastern Conference. Carolina endured a great season, though some recent injuries and a familiar foe have likely dampened their spirits heading into yet another competitive post-season.

Boston has surely had Carolina’s number in recent years, and this will be the third meeting across the past four playoffs between these groups. In 2019, Boston swept Carolina, and then ousted them in five games the next season. With Carolina entering the 2022 post-season with uncertainty in goal, the Bruins have to enter once again liking their chances quite a bit.

After a tough stretch at the start of the season, the Bruins really got rolling once the calendar turned to 2022. The B’s went 37-16-3 since New Year’s Day, and their depth in scoring and solid defense should propel them to some post-season success. Getting Hampus Lindholm at the deadline has made this a feared group, and nobody suppresses other team’s offensive units better than Boston.

That won’t be welcome news to a Canes’ team that has struggled scoring outside of their top line talents. Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen will get a healthy dose of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Boston’s top defensive tandem of Charlie McAvoy and Hampus Lindholm. If they can’t break through, it could be tough sledding for the Hurricanes once again in Round 1.

With the amount of star-power on display, this Canes/Bruins series is definitely one of the more fascinating ones across the NHL’s opening round. The Bruins will be seeking another Stanley Cup victory with an impressive core, while Carolina will look to finally break through and go on a legitimate Cup run, with their Finnish stairs leading the way. Goaltending also figures to be a prominent factor in this tight contest, as both teams have tandems where it’s feasible to see multiple netminders between the pipes throughout the series. All of this
should make for an exciting watch, and we’ve got all of your betting needs and analysis below. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for up-to-date odds on this heavyweight tilt between Carolina and Boston in Game 1 action!

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by Bovada

Spread:

  • Boston Bruins +1.5 (-260)
  • Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+220)

Moneyline:

  • Boston Bruins (+125)
  • Carolina Hurricanes (-145)

Total Points:

  • Over 6 (+100)
  • Under 6 (-120)
TEAM DATA BRUINS HURRICANES
Overall Record 51-26-5 54-20-8
ATS Record 33-49 41-41
Home/Away Record 25-13-3 29-8-4
Goals Per Game 3.1 3.4
Goals Against Per Game 2.7 2.4
Shots On Goal Per Game 36.6 34.1
Power Play % 21.2 22.0
Penalty Kill % 81.3 88.1

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes Prediction:

With the Canes reeling between the pipes, and Vezina-candidate Freddie Andersen on the mend and uncertain for this series ahead, look for Boston to realize the importance of pouncing on Carolina here in Game 1.

The Bruins are a veteran-team, with solid defense and team leadership. They’ll suppress a limited Canes’ attack, and allow their deep scoring threats to take over. While the Canes too are excellent without the puck, turning from Andersen to Antti Raanta on short notice will put an unfortunate amount of stress on this heralded blue-line.

The B’s dominated even-strength metrics since the New Year, and will put a ton of pressure on Carolina’s defense. Boston ranked second in the league, putting up 36.1 shots on goal per game. They get pucks behind opposing blue-lines and use their unique blend of skill and size to wear down the opposition. The Canes have seen this recipe before, but whether or not they can fight back appropriately this time remains to be seen.

Expect Carolina to struggle in goal, as Raanta hasn’t been all that great in 2022. Losing Andersen is undoubtedly a big loss, and without meaningful deadline acquisitions, don’t expect the Canes to outscore their goaltending woes in a pivotal Game 1 clash.

 

Bruins vs. Hurricanes Trends To Know:

 

  • Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Bruins are 6-1 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • Bruins are 14-3 in their last 17 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
  • Hurricanes are 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games.
  • Under is 4-0-1 in Bruins last 5 vs. Metropolitan.
  • Under is 4-0 in Hurricanes last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • Road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
  • Bruins are 14-5 in the last 19 meetings.

 

Expect a high-octane and physical series between two of the NHL’s best. The Bruins have historically dominated Carolina, and with edges across the board in Game 1, look for a veteran group in Boston to really stifle the Canes with the puck.  At a slight underdog price, the B’s are good value to go up 1-0 on Monday night.

My Pick
Boston
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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