Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Prediction 12/23/18

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The Boston Bruins, fueled by David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, are ready to take the ice against Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in an Eastern Conference matchup. The opening face-off is at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 23, and you are able to watch it live on New England Sports Network.

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds

Boston (-105) is currently the underdog to Carolina (-115), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 for the under and +105 for the over.

Boston is 20-16 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 36 regular season outings, 22 of its games have gone under the total, while 12 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Bruins are 7-12 SU on the road in 2018-19.

Boston has converted on 27.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.0 percent of all penalties..

Boasting a .930 save percentage and 28.0 saves per game, Jaroslav Halak (12-9-2) has been the top option in goal for Boston this season. Halak played yesterday, however, so Boston could opt to rest him and turn to Tuukka Rask instead (8-9-2 record, .915 save percentage, 2.57 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Carolina is 14-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 22 of its games have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 8-11 SU at home this year.

The Hurricanes have converted on just 16.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Curtis McElhinney (27.2 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for the Hurricanes. McElhinney has seven wins, five losses, and one overtime loss and has maintained a .918 save percentage and 2.42 goals against average this year.

Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes Betting Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone under in three of Carolina’s last five games.
  • Over Carolina’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-6 in those games).
  • This game features two of the more aggressive teams in the league. Boston skaters have given out the league’s ninth-most hits per game (23.0) and the Canes have tallied the fourth-most (27.6).