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#15 Boston Bruins -115 vs.
#16 Carolina Hurricanes 5.5
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:08pm EDT
PNC Arena, Raleigh
Written by David Hess

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The Eastern Conference Finals continue this evening as the Boston Bruins tangle with the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raliegh, North Carolina. The Bruins won game three of this best-of-seven series by a 2-1 score and they now hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Is the last night for the Hurricanes this year, or can they stave off elimination? I guess you’ll have to read on to find out.

Bruins Have Commanding 3-0 Lead

The Boston Bruins are one step away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2012/13. They lost that year, but Boston has the look of a team that could win it all this year. Their play at the beginning of the playoffs was very mediocre, but they have turned it on of late, having won their last six games in a row and the Bruins have allowed just 1.75 gpg over their last 12 games. They are rolling at the moment and will be looking to end this series tonight. In game three, the Bruins won by a score of 2-1 and scoring in the win was Chris Wagner, which was his 2nd of the playoffs and Brad Marchand, which was his 6th of the postseason. During the playoffs, Boston is 2nd in scoring, putting up 3.31 gpg, while also ranking 1st in goals allowed at 2.06, 1st in power play conversions at 31.9% and 4th in penalty kill at 85.7%.

Grabbing the win in game two was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 35 of the 36 shots that he faced to improve to 11-5 with a 1.96 GAA in the playoffs this year and 46-35 with a 2.19 GAA in the postseason in his career. Rask went 27-18 with a 2.48 GAA on the year overall, including 12-10 with a 2.65 GAA out on the road and 0-1 with a 5.23 GAA against the Canes. In his career, he has gone 9-7 with a 2.27 GAA against the Hurricanes (Reg Sea). The Bruins have gone 25-23 on the road and they have averaged 2.90 gpg and have allowed 2.60 gpg in those games.

Canes Look To Stave Off Elimination

The Carolina Hurricanes surprised many in the 2nd half of the season and they came into this series having won their last six games in a row, but they just can’t seem to figure out the Bruins. The Canes lost two of three to the Bruins during the regular season and now they are down 3-0 in this best-of-seven series. The Hurricanes will be looking to stave off elimination, but if they hope to then they have to get their offense going. Carolina has scored just five goals in this series so far and that will not get it done, especially against Boston, who has been one of the best scoring teams in the postseason so far. Scoring their lone goal in game two was Calvin de Haan, which was his 1st of the playoffs. He had just one goal in 74 games during the regular season. During the postseason, the Hurricanes are ranked 7th in scoring at 2.79 gpg, 7th in goals allowed at 2.71 gpg, 14th in power play conversions at 10.0% and 14th in penalty kill at 70.8%.

Absorbing the loss was Curtis McElhinney, who allowed two goals on 31 shot attempts to fall to 3-1 with a 1.70 GAA in the postseason this year and 3-2 with a 2.26 GAA in the postseason in his career. McElhinney was 20-13 with a 2.58 GAA during the regular season, including 11-7 with a 2.51 GAA here at home and 0-1 with a 3.89 GAA against the Bruins. In his career, he has gone 3-3 with a 2.21 GAA against the Bruins. We may see Petr Mrazek, who has gone 5-5 with a 2.73 GAA in the postseason this year and 9-11 with a 2.37 GAA in the postseason in his career. Mrazek was 23-17 with a 2.39 GAA during the regular season, including 12-6 with a 2.33 GAA here at home and 1-0 with a 3.01 GAA against the Bruins. In his career, he has gone 4-3 with a 3.09 GAA against the Bruins. Carolina has gone 29-18 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.17 gpg and have allowed 2.45 gpg in those games.

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I will look for the Canes to stave off elimination and live to fight another day. They just lost their first playoff home game this year, but it was a far closer game than the two in Boston. I feel that the Hurricanes will get enough of the bounces to go their way to take this on. They have been stingy in the crease at home in the postseason and I see that continuing here.  Carolina does not want to get swept and the Bruins have been a mediocre team at best on the road this year. Take the Canes to win game four.

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Carolina Lost game three right here at PNC Arena, but they allowed just two goals in the process and have now allowed a total of nine goals in their six playoff home games thus far this year. Tuukka Rask has been strong in the crease with a 1.96 GAA so far and he has allowed just 1.75 gpg over his last 12 games. Rask has allowed just five goals in the first three games and Boston has allowed just 2.60 gpg on the road overall, while the Canes have allowed just 2.45 gpg here at home for the year overall. Look for another low-scoring game here at PNC Arena.

Prediction: Under 5.5

Written By David Hess

I have always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so I combined the two to become a handicapper and a blogger. I love sports and I love writing about them and all the info I put in my blogs is well-thought-out and well-researched. I am a big fan of all the major sports and the colleges, plus I know golf pretty well, tennis and the WNBA. I am very versatile. Hope you enjoy my content.