It wasn’t close on the scoreboard in match two, and it was not about the ice, since the Bruins dominated home ice. The B’s scored the game’s first six goals and cruised to their easiest win of the post season.
Bruins vs Hurricanes Stanley Cup Betting Evaluation The Bruins took two of three matches from the Hurricanes during the normal season. Two out of those three games have been decided by one game (such as an overtime game) the other, a two-goal game.
Dating back to the 2016 season, the Hurricanes are 3-2 on home ice against the Bruins, while the home team within this head-to-head show is 9-2 in the last 11 games.
Also, the over continues to be in play when these two teams get together going 8-1-1 in the last ten meetings, including an over total in games one and two. Lifetime the over is 23-9-5 at the last 37 matches in Carolina.
The Bruins were head and tails the greater of the 2 teams in games one and two in most aspects, but none besides goaltending and the stellar play of Tuukka Rask.
Rask and the Bruins input game three on a five-game winning series this post season and also the puckstoppers numbers have been Conn Smythe-like. His playoff save percentage is tops in the league in .937 including stopping 50-of-54 shots against the Hurricanes in the first two matches.
The defence was very strong at both ends of the rink on Sunday afternoon. First, they just allowed the Canes a grand total of 23 shots on target. Then, at the other end of the racket contributed with three objectives (Matt Grzelcyk, 2 goals, Connor Clifton, 1 goal) or 50 percent of the total scoring for the game.
Of note, the Bruins power-play has also been crucial to this show going four-for-seven with the man advantage. Brad Marchand leads the NHL in power-play points with 10.
The Hurricanes must be thinking to themselves — what is occurring in this series? After removing the defending Stanley Cup champs in seven matches, then crossing the Islanders in four, they’ve hit their main bump in the road.
Petr Mrazek doesn’t seem like the same goaltender that he had been through the first two rounds as he fought in the first two games. Mrazek has allowed 10 goals on 52 shots to get a save percentage of .807 in games one and two. Even though it has not been confirmed at press time, Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour might need to think about back-up Curtis McElhinney. To his credit, McElhinney was spectacular in the prior series versus the Islanders submitting a save percentage of .947.
They’ll be on the lookout for a hero in game three as the offence has dropped asleep as of late. In the previous four periods of drama, the Hurricanes have just managed 29 shots on goal.
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