The Carolina Hurricanes (16-19-2) will carry a four-game losing streak with them on the road tonight when they face the Boston Bruins (24-9-4), who have established themselves as one of the upper echelon teams in the NHL this season.
The puck in this one is scheduled to drop at 7:00 PM EST from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and can be seen live on national television, with broadcast coverage provided by the NHL network.
The consensus at most of the larger online sportsbooks has the Bruins listed as heavy -215 money line favorites, with the total set to 5 goals at a price of -125 on the over. Have the NHL odds makers left us any open doors?
Let's analyze this contest further and decide where bettors can find the best offering with their NHL picks.
The Hurricanes continue to struggle defensively, as they are giving up an average of 3.1 goals per night, which is among the worst in the NHL at 27th overall. The offense isn’t too much better, scoring just 2.6 goals per game, which ranks 20th in the league. However, they are second best in the NHL, with 32.2 shots on goal per contest.
The Hurricanes are just 1-4 in their last five games played on the highway and 1-11 in their last 12 versus Eastern Conference opponents.
Carolina is 9-2-2 under in their last 13 games overall and seven of eight played on the road.
The Bruins own the stingiest defense in the NHL, holding opponents to an average of just 2.1 goals per game. On offense that aren’t nearly as good, but their 2.8 scoring average is still decent enough to rank 13th best in the league.
The Bruins are 7-1 in their last eight games played on their home ice and an impressive 21-5 in their last 26 matchups played on a Monday. Additionally, the Bruins are 8-2 in their last ten versus Southeast Division opponents.
As expected, with such a superb defense, Boston is 20-7-3 under in their last 30 games played at the TD Garden.
As lopsided as this matchup seems to be, the Hurricanes have actually one four of the last five meetings against the Bruins.
However, the value in this game is on the total, especially with Boston making it so tough to score.
NHL Pick: Under 5 goals +115 at Bovada