Hurricanes vs Bruins NHL 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs preview, odds, prediction

Hurricanes vs Bruins NHL odds
Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes into their first-round series against the Bruins (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference: #2 Carolina Hurricanes vs WC1 Boston Bruins

How To Watch

Game Date Time (ET) Host TV
1 Monday, May 2 7 p.m. CAR ESPN
2 Wednesday, May 4 7 p.m. CAR ESPN
3 Friday, May 6 7 p.m. BOS TNT
4 Sunday, May 8 12:30 p.m. BOS ESPN
5* TBD
6* TBD
7* TBD

*If necessary

Tale of the Tape

Hurricanes STAT Bruins
54-20-8 (116 pts) Record 51-26-5 (107 pts)
3.38 (9th) Goals Per Game 3.12 (15th)
2.44 (1st) Goals Allowed Per Game 2.69 (4th)
+76 Goal Differential +34
29-8-4 Home, 25-12-4 Away Home/Away Record 26-13-2 Home, 25-13-3 Away
21.98% (13th) Power Play 20.85 (18th)
88.04% (1st) Penalty Kill 81.47% (9th)

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Hurricanes leaders

Sebastian Aho
Sebastian Aho (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Sebastian Aho, F:  37 goals, 44 assists, 81 points, 13 power-play goals
  • Andrei Svechnikov, RW: 30 goals, 39 assists, 69 points
  • Frederik Andersen, G:  35-14-3, .922 SV%, 2.17 GAA, 4 shutouts

Bruins leaders:

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) is congratulated by center Patrice Bergeron (37), left wing Taylor Hall (71) and left wing Brad Marchand (63) (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Brad Marchand, LW: 32 goals, 48 assists, 80 points
  • David Pastrnak, RW: 40 goals, 37 assists, 77 points, 15 power-play goals
  • Patrice Bergeron, C: 25 goals, 40 assists, 65 points, 61.9% face-off percentage

Key Injuries

  • Frederik Andersen, CAR (undisclosed): The Canes’ starting netminder is still not skating as he deals with an undisclosed injury.

Series Odds

  • BOS to win: -105
  • CAR to win: -115

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Series Prediction

Hurricanes win in 6 games (4-2)

  • The Canes dominated Boston during the regular season, sweeping the three games by a combined score of 16-1.
  • Carolina is looking to take that next step as a legitimate Stanley Cup Final contender behind a defense and a penalty kill that has been the best in the NHL. The B’s are no defensive slouches either, playing a similar game, as they rank fourth in the league.
  • Boston’s “Perfection Line” had another strong season yet again, but have plenty to prove in the postseason after they were shut down by the Islanders — who play a similar defensive style as the Canes — last season.
  • An obvious looming question mark, though, is the status of Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen. If he’s unavailable, the Canes still has a dependable backup in Antti Raanta, who went 15-5-4 with a 2.45 GAA and .912 SV% in 2021-22.
  • Boston’s veteran top line will be combated by Carolina’s youthful attack headlined by Sebastian Aho (24) and Andrei Svechnikov (21), who combined for 67 goals and 150 points this season. In total, five Hurricanes skaters recorded at least 51 points.

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