The NHL is set up with another strong slate of playoff hockey on May 12. Four potential elimination games will be up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins. These two teams have been strong in this series and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.
Carolina earned a record of 54-20-8 throughout the regular season, which had them grab the top spot in the Metropolitan division. The Hurricanes have been red hot at home in this series, but have struggled on the road. Carolina will look to turn that around as they try to book a spot in the second round. I expect the Hurricanes to come out fast in this one.
The Bruins put up a record of 51-26-5 during the regular season, which had them in fourth place of the Atlantic division. Boston has won their previous two home games and will need one more to avoid elimination. The Bruins will look for a much more complete performance in this one. Boston will look to set the tone at home early.
These two teams have met in a back and forth series so far and I expect another exciting matchup on Thursday night. The Hurricanes have pushed Boston to the brink of elimination and will look to finish it off with a win. The Bruins will look to bounce back after a rough performance in Game 5. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Carolina Hurricanes||+1 ½ (-235)||+110||Over 6 (+105)|
|Boston Bruins||-1 ½ (+195)||-130||Under 6 (-125)|
|Team Data||Carolina Hurricanes||Boston Bruins|
|Playoff Away/ Home Record||0-2||2-0|
|Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home||2.00||4.50|
|Playoff SV% Away/ Home||.839||.925|
- 1-2 when leading in Playoff series
- 25-11 after a win by two or more goals
- 29-11 after scoring four or more goals
- 28-19 against team with a winning record
- 2-1 when trailing in Playoff series
- 16-9 after allowing four goals or more
- 16-8 after a loss by two goals or more
- 10-4 after scoring one goal or less
- 23-25 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met in a tight five game series so far. Tony DeAngelo had four assists over the first two games to help give Carolina 5-1 and 5-2 wins. Brad Marchand had three goals and five assists in Game’s 3 and 4 as the Bruins bounced back with a 4-2 and 5-2 win. DeAngelo and Vincent Trocheck both had a goal and two assists in Game 5 as the Hurricanes retook the series lead with a 5-1 win.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) May 12, 2022
The Hurricanes were strong on special teams during the regular season. Carolina scored on 51 of their 232 power play chances, which was a 22 percent power play. The Hurricanes killed off 243 of their opponents 276 power play attempts, which was an 88 percent kill rate. Carolina was 13th on the power play and 1st on the kill this season.
Boston was also solid on special teams in the regular season. The Bruins capitalized on 50 of their 236 power play opportunities, which was a 21.2 percent success rate. Boston gave up 49 power play goals on 262 penalties against, which was an 81.3 percent penalty kill. The Bruins were 15th on the man advantage and 9th on the penalty kill.
Carolina had the better special teams in the regular season, but the Bruins have done better in this series. Boston has scored on 5 of their 25 power play opportunities in this series. The Hurricanes have capitalized on 4 of their 27 power play attempts. Both teams will look for a power play goal to gain an edge in this matchup.
Antti Raanta will get the start in the crease for Carolina with Frederik Andersen still out. Raanta put up a record of 15-5-4 throughout the regular season. He posted a .912 save percentage and a GAA of 2.45 in those games. Raanta has put up a save percentage of .942 and a 1.96 GAA in his four starts in the playoffs so far.
Jeremy Swayman will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Bruins on Thursday night. Swayman earned a record of 23-14-3 throughout the regular season. He put up a save percentage of .914 and a 2.41 GAA in those outings. Swayman has posted a .911 save percentage and a GAA of 2.68 throughout the postseason.
These two goalies have been solid in their starts in this series. Swayman stepped in after Linus Ullmark struggled in the first two games of the series. Raanta has dealt with a minor injury early in this series, but came back strong in Game 5. If either goalie can step up early in this one, it could be enough for their team to get the win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this series and will look for a big win in Game 6. The home team has won every game of this series, but I think that Carolina will change that in this one. The Hurricanes have been the better team 5 on 5, and I think they will come out fast. If the Hurricanes can grab the early lead, I like their chances to finish this series off.
Bovada has Boston listed as a -130 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Bruins will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Carolina having the series lead. The Hurricanes have struggled in previous years getting past Boston. I think they will overcome that obstacle in Game 6.