The Boston Bruins face the Carolina Hurricanes in a winner-take-all Game Seven in a series that has gone back and forth. The Bruins lost the first two games but have won three of the last four games to force a Game Seven. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, have struggled to put the Bruins away in the series but have won all three of their home games and look to win Game Seven on their home ice.
Bruins offense has helped turn the series around.The Bruins have bounced back in this series with their offense stepping up, scoring 15 goals in the last four games including five goals in Game Six to extend the series. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have scored seven goals and 10 assists combined while David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall have added four goals and four assists to the top two lines but the rest of the offense has stepped up as well. Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, and Erik Haula have combined for four goals and eight assists while defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Connor Clifton have added a goal and four assists from the point to open up the offense.
The offense has stepped up but the defense has struggled, allowing 21 goals in the series. Charlie McAvoy and Hampus Lindholm have led the top pairing but the rest of the unit has struggled, allowing the Hurricanes to create scoring chances in the offensive zone at will. The bright spot has been the play of goaltender Jeremy Swayman who filled in for Linus Ullmark following the first two games and has a .913 save percentage and a 2.51 goals-against average on 115 shots.
Hurricanes hope defense can carry them in Game SevenThe Hurricanes' offense has been great all series scoring 21 goals but hope to bounce back from a disappointing Game Six where they only scored two goals. Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and Seth Jarvis have scored eight goals and six assists to lead the top line but the rest of the offense has been great as well. Vincent Trocheck, Nino Niederreiter, and Teuvo Teravainen have combined for seven goals and nine assists while defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Anthony DeAngelo have added three goals and 11 assists from the point to put the offense over the top in the First Round.
The offense has stepped up but the defense has carried the Hurricanes, allowing only 18 goals in the series. Jaccob Slavin and Anthony DeAngelo have led the top pairing but the rest of the unit has also stepped up with Brett Pesce, Brady Skjei, and Ian Cole creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting the Bruins from finding open shots on the net. In addition, goaltender Antti Raanta has been great in the net with a.926 save percentage and a 2.46 goals-against average on 136 shots.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Bruins have proven throughout the series that they can bounce back and beat the Hurricanes and look to pull off the upset in Game Seven. The problem is that the Hurricanes have won all three of their home games in this series and have been the better team in the regular season and series as well. The Hurricanes, who have scored 21 goals in the series should find the back of the net throughout the game with Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and the rest of the forward unit creating open shots with cross-ice passes and finding the back of the net with quick shots near the net and shots through traffic from the blue line. The Hurricanes should also limit the Bruins' offense with Jaccob Slavin, Anthony DeAngelo, and the rest of the defensive unit controlling the puck in the defensive zone and limiting shots on the net, allowing goaltender Antti Raanta to make plenty of big saves. The Hurricanes should win Game Seven with a strong performance on their home ice to advance to the next round.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have been led by their defenses throughout the series and with everything on the line, both defensive units look to step up and control this game from the opening puck drop. The Bruins look to build off a Game Six where they only allowed two goals and limit the Hurricanes' offense with Charlie McAvoy, Hampus Lindholm, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers at the blue line and limiting the Hurricanes from establishing a strong offensive zone presence and generating shots on the net while goaltender Jeremy Swayman makes plenty of big saves in the net. The Hurricanes, who have only allowed 18 goals in the series, should eliminate and potentially shut out the Bruins' offense with Jaccob Slavin, Anthony DeAngelo, Brett Pesce, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone while goaltender Antti Raanta steps up and blanks shots on the net. The Under should cover in a low-scoring game with both defenses stepping up.