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Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes Game 3 - Bruins tipped to take commanding 3-0 series lead

The Bruins have won seven of their last eight games against the Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes fans
Carolina Hurricasnes fans hope to get better play from their team than they have had in the first two games (credit: Getty Images )

Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes Game 3 Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


This NHL series shifts to Carolina where the Boston Bruins have a 2-0 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes after two blowout wins in the first two games of the series at home. I am backing the Bruins as a slight -105 road underdog at PNC Arena, as they are hot winners of five in a row and have won their last two road games. 

Boston Bruins Form & Team News 


The Bruins are in fine form, to say the least, winning the first two games of this series where they have outscored the Hurricanes 11-4. In Game 2 the Bruins were up 6-0 before giving up two goals later in the 3rd period. 

Boston has gotten great play from the whole team in this series and in Game 2 five different players scored. Matt Grzelcyk lit the lamp twice and he had only scored one goal in the playoffs until then. 

Tuuka Rask stopped 21 of 23 shots and he should continue his solid play in between the pipes. He has only allowed two goals in each of the last two games of this NHL series and in his previous start he had a shutout. 

Can Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy get his team to continue their great play? I think that is likely, as they have won five in a row and have dominated both games in this series. 

Even on the road I have to back the Bruins at -105, as they not only have been overly impressive in the first two games of this series, but have also won their last seven NHL Conference Finals games. 

The total for this game is set at 5.5 goals at over +100, but a better value is Bruins winning margin of +2 at +700 after the first two games of the series. 

Carolina Hurricanes Form & Team News


Things are not looking good for Carolina, who are down 2-0 in this series. Their defense has been torched and after allowing only two goals in the last two games of their last NHL series they have given up 11 in the first two games of this series. 

Petr Mrazek only made 19 of 25 saves in giving up six goals in the Game 2 loss and he gave up four in Game 1. While he has played well at home in the playoffs he should struggle again and his last five playoff starts have been on the road. 

Carolina head coach Rod Brind'Amour needs his team to turn things around in this game on both sides of the ice after being throttled in the first two games of this series. I think that is unlikely facing a red-hot Boston offense and his team only mustered 23 shots in the Game 2 loss. 

PNC Arena
The Hurricanes hope being back at PNC Arena can help them get back in this series.

Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes Head to Head


The Bruins have won seven of their last eight games against the Hurricanes. 

The Bruins have won two of their last three road games against the Hurricanes. 

Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes Match Up


The Bruins look to keep up their hot play on both sides of the ice in Game 3 and they should do just that. 

The Hurricanes have struggled on both sides of the ice in this series and I don't think that is likley to change even back at PNC Arena. 

Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes Key Statistics


  • Boston Bruins are 7-1 in their last 8 games against the Hurricanes. 
  • Boston Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 games. 
  • Boston Bruins are 7-0 in their last 7 NHL Conference Finals games.  
  • Carolina Hurricanes are 0-6 in their last 6 NHL Conference Finals games.
  • Carolina Hurricanes are 1-6 in their last 7 against a team with a winning % above .600. 

Verdict


The Bruins will stay hot even on the road where they have won their last two games. They can win Game 3 at -105 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. 

Best Bet: Boston Bruins Win @ -105 (1.95) at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet:  Boston Bruins Winning Margin 2+ Goals @ +700 (8.00) at bet365 - 1 Unit

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