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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Best Bets and Prediction

Boston Bruins (17-3-0) host the Carolina Hurricanes (10-6-4) in an early Friday afternoon match to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It’s one of 14 games on the NHL schedule today.

Both teams are among the top teams in the NHL standings heading into the Hurricanes vs Bruins betting.

Carolina defeated Boston 4-3 in the first round of last year’s playoffs. This is the first meeting between the two teams since. 

Starting Goalies for this Matchup

Linus Ullmark is expected to start for the Bruins. He leads goaltenders in most NHL stats and has an impressive 1.96 goals-against average (GAA) and .935 save percentage.

Antii Raanta is the projected starter for the Hurricanes. He is 3-2-2 with a 2.54 GAA, and a .902 save percentage this season. 

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins

  • Date and Time: November 25, 2022, 1 p.m. EST
  • Venue: TD Garden
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • How to Watch: BSSO, NESN, NHL Network

Last Game Records

Hurricanes Last Game Record

The Hurricanes, despite being one of the league’s best teams, have had some forgettable NHL matchups as of late. Carolina is coming off a 4-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Peter Kochetkov, recently signed to a four-year extension, allowed three goals on 26 shots. They had three consecutive overtime losses before that. 

Bruins Last Game Record

Boston, meanwhile, is coming off its first loss in eight games. The Boston Bruins stats lost 5-2 to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. 

For the Hurricanes vs Bruins betting, it’s worth noting Boston is still undefeated on home ice. They had won seven in a row before losing on Wednesday.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Analysis

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes, despite being third in the NHL standings for the Metropolitan Division, do not have impressive NHL stats as a team this season.

Owing in large part to its recent string of poor performances, Carolina is 25th in goals per game this season but ranks fourth in shots. 

They’ve put plenty of pucks on net but can’t beat opposition goaltenders. They have the second-worst shooting percentage and third-worst power-play percentage in the league.

Necas at the Lead

Martin Necas leads the Hurricanes in NHL player stats with 23 points in 19 games, while Sebastian Aho ranks second with 22 points, and Andrei Svechnikov is third with 20 points.

No other forward has more than nine points. Brent Burns is the team’s leading scorer among defensemen with 13 points. 

Boston Bruins

Boston enters the Hurricanes vs Bruins betting undefeated on home ice and 8-2 in its last ten games. Boston leads the league in goals per game at 4.16 and has the third-best power-play in the league.

They’re also the best defensive team in the NHL, allowing a league-best 2.11 goals per game. Their penalty kill is second-best in the league.

Pastrnak at the Lead

The Boston Bruins stats are led by David Pastrnak, with 29 points in 19 games. Patrice Bergeron is second with 18 points, and defenseman Hampus Lindholm is third with 18 points. Nine players in Boston have at least 11 points.

Carolina has several players on the NHL injury report, including wingers Teuvo Teravainen and Ondrej Kase.

Max Pacioretty and Jake Gardiner are on the LTIR with long-term injuries, while goaltender Frederik Andersen was placed on the IR two weeks ago with an undisclosed injury. 

Odds Breakdown

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina heads into the Hurricanes vs Bruins betting as +112 underdogs on the moneyline. There was no puckline or total number released as of Thursday morning. The total is usually 6 or 6.5.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins opened with NHL odds of -134 on the moneyline. They’ve been among the best NHL picks against the spread this season as well, meaning they typically win by two or more goals. 

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Pick and Prediction

Boston is 11-0 on home ice this season and has been as dominant as their record suggests.

The Hurricanes may be due for a win, but they’ll have a tough time in an early afternoon game in front of a raucous TD Garden crowd.

Boston will also take extra motivation from its crushing Game 7 loss to the Hurricanes score in last year’s first-round playoff series. 

NHL Pick: Bruins -134

NHL Pick: Bruins Spread

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