Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Hurricanes vs. Bruins NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
Date: Wednesday, August 12th
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Hurricanes +110 Bruins -130
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Bruins -1.5 (+175)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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At first glance it looks like public bettors are going to be hammering Boston at just -130 on Tuesday. This is a team that led the NHL in points during the regular season with 100.
Do the low odds give a contrarian lean to Carolina? Boston would have an obvious home ice advantage if this game weren’t being played in Toronto, but the ‘Canes have looked comfortable so far in a 3-game sweep over the Rangers.
As good as Carolina looked in 3-2, 4-1, and 4-1 wins over the Rangers, there’s a big difference between 79 point New York and 100 point Boston.
The ‘Canes only had one game against the Bruins this season, an 0-2 loss at TD Garden back in December. Carolina is 3rd in shots on goal and 2nd in the league in shots against, but there’s little reason to like Hurricanes in the opener.
Another weird thing about Carolina is that you don’t know whether they will go with Petr Mrazek or James Reimer in net. It’s likely Mrazek who allowed 3 goals on 50 shots vs. the Rangers but Reimer looked good in the closeout game with 1 goal allowed on 38 shots.
It’s hard to analyze the Bruins three play-in games because they were nothing more than rink-rust-shakers-off. Boston did go 0-3 in losses to Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, and Washington but that almost makes them more dangerous.
Paying -130 for the point leader during the regular season is never a bad thing. That’s especially true when Tuukka Rask is between the pipes. The veteran has taken two L’s during the restart, but was 26-8-3 during the regular season.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Bruins are favored in 26 straight games
- Carolina is 7-19 last 26 games
Free Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins NHL Prediction:
It could be about 75% of public bettors on Boston in this one as the line is way too low. Those numbers scream avoid this one but the total should see some goals scored.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5
Is Rask losing a step or just dis-interested in non-essential games after a 5-month layoff? We will find out soon enough.
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