The Boston Bruins look to apply a 3-0 stranglehold on the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in Raleigh. A win and the magical run by the Hurricanes is likely to come to an end. I don’t think there’s anyone who would have the balls to select the Hurricanes if they fall behind by three games. Is there anyone who has faith in them at the moment?
That’s questionable and unless they’re taking a flier at solid odds, it’s difficult to envision many people taking plus money on the Hurricanes. I wouldn’t count the Hurricanes out yet, but the goaltending must improve tenfold. Petr Mrazek has been shaky at best, as he’s allowed some soft goals in Boston.
There has been some debate whether the Hurricanes should go with Curtis McElhinney instead of Mrazek. McElhinney had an impressive regular season and was helpful in getting the Hurricanes to the playoffs. However, the playoffs have belonged to Mrazek for the Canes. He’s done a good job up to the Eastern Conference Final.
Mrazek isn’t finding if easy against the Bruins with pressure mounting. Mrazek could just be exhausted, as he hasn’t played this long in his career.
McElhinney would be fresh, so there is that. Rask knows all about this long of a season, though. This isn’t his first rodeo playing this deep into the playoffs. The Golden Knights had a goaltender with experience last season and it made a huge difference. The Hurricanes don’t have that, but a win this evening could change the mood. Head below for our free Bruins vs. Hurricanes Game 3 pick.
Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game 3 Pick:
There are absolutely no secrets as to what the Hurricanes need to get back in this series. They must get better goaltending whether it’s Mrazek or McElhinney. If they want to go with McElhinney, then the Hurricanes are dealing with a potentially cold goaltending.
There isn’t any time here for him to loosen up and shake off the rust. McElhinney doesn’t get any practice games to get back into shape. He’s been sitting on the bench cold. So the ultimatum here is the Hurricanes go with Mrazek who has not had his head in this series or McElhinney who hasn’t been active in the postseason.
This isn’t the time to have a goaltending debate. At the end of the day, though, the Hurricanes are likely best served to go with Mrazek. His solid play has gotten them here and he could find his stroke at home. The Bruins look like too much to contain, though. After a grueling series against the Islanders, the Hurricanes look exhausted and ready to take a nap. Playing the Capitals and Islanders can take a lot out of a team and I think that’s what we are seeing for the Canes. Home ice will give them more of a jump and energy, but I see that only being initially, as the Bruins take the game over in the 3rd period again. Give me the team with the momentum and confidence at a better price in Game 3.