- The Bruins are massive favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup after taking a 2-0 lead on Carolina
- The Hurricanes were in an 0-2 hole in the first round against Washington, as well
- Where does the value reside for bettors in the updated Carolina vs Boston series price?
The Boston Bruins seized control of their Eastern Conference final series against Carolina on Sunday, handing the Hurricanes a crushing 6-2 defeat. With the win, the Bruins now possess a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and have emerged as massive -700 favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup final at BetOnline. For some perspective, they were -145 favorites before the series started, and -310 favorites after winning Game 1.
Updated Hurricanes vs Bruins Series Prices
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*Odds taken on 05/13/19
Bruins Emerge as Cup Favorites
The Bruins needed a pair of third-period power-play goals to escape with a 5-2 victory in Game 1 of the series, but were in total control in Game 2 on Sunday afternoon. They beat Hurricanes netminder Petr Mrazek six times on their first 24 shots, while the Bruins penalty kill snuffed out Carolina’s four opportunities with the man advantage.
With the scene now shifting to PNC Arena for Game 3 on Tuesday night, there is little reason to expect the Bruins’ domination of Carolina in recent years to end. Boston has now taken seven of eight from the Hurricanes since January 2017, with the only blemish being a 5-3 loss in Carolina on December 23.
Tuukka Rask in elimination/close-out games this postseason:
— Tucker Boynton (@Tucker_TnL) May 7, 2019
More important than the Bruins’ historic success against Carolina is the club’s consistent play since overcoming a shaky start to their first-round matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Riding the hot hand of goaltender Tuukka Rask while also getting contributions up and down the lineup, the Bruins have limited opponents to just 1.8 goals per game during an 8-2 run that has also lifted their Stanley Cup odds to -110.
Boston’s Depth Has Surprised
The Bruins have silenced concerns about being a one-line team. While the superstar trio of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand have combined for 17 goals and 20 assists so far in these playoffs, it has been the supporting cast that has made the difference in the club’s postseason fortunes.
The Bruins have silenced concerns about being a one-line team.
Through Sunday’s contest, 19 different Bruins have found the back of the net in this year’s playoffs. Boston’s special teams have also been getting the job done, adding a pair of power play goals in Sunday’s win to give the club 14 PP goals through 15 playoff games.
Connor Clifton: 1st career goal in NHL (regular season or postseason) With Clifton goal, Bruins now have 19 different goal scorers this postseason, tied for most different scorers in franchise postseason history (1988- 19 different players) pic.twitter.com/1QvB8soqbk
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) May 13, 2019
The Hurricanes now have a mountain to climb in their bid to return to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since their first and only Cup victory in 2006. Following Sunday’s loss, the Hurricanes return home as lengthy +535 underdogs in the updated series price, a step back from the +255 odds they sported ahead of Game 2, and a massive tumble from the short +135 odds they sported entering the series.
Bunch of Jerks Poised to Rebound in Game 3?
However, it would be unwise to underestimate this Bunch of Jerks going into Game 3 on home ice, with the moneyline a virtual pick ‘em at BetOnline.
Carolina marched to the Eastern Conference final by dominating on home ice. The Hurricanes are unbeaten in five home dates so far in the postseason, surrendering just seven total goals in those contests. Overall, the club has won seven straight at PNC Arena, and 21 of 27, a run that began with their December 23 win over the Bruins.
— FOX Sports Carolinas (@CanesOnFSCR) May 12, 2019
And while teams that have seized 2-0 series leads have gone on to win in four of five series so far this spring, the Hurricanes are the exception, rebounding from 2-0 deficit against Washington in the opening round. Their comeback started with a 5-0 rout in Game 3 and an eventual series victory in seven games.
In addition, the club has avoided losing three in a row since mid-December.
But while Carolina is an intriguing betting option as a -110 wager on Tuesday night, it will likely take a dramatic and speedy change in the Hurricanes’ game plan to slow down a Bruins juggernaut that looks destined for a third trip to the Stanley Cup final since 2011.
Pick: Bruins to win series (-700)