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Bruins vs Hurricanes Game 2 Odds, Picks and Predictions

Daniel Coyle

by Daniel Coyle in NHL Hockey

May 3, 2022 · 10:15 AM PDT

Carolina Hurricanes left wing Teuvo Teravainen scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins
May 2, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) scores a goal past Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
  • Carolina Hurricanes vie for a 2-0 first round playoff series lead when they host the Boston Bruins
  • The Hurricanes remained perfect against Boston this season with a 5-1 win in Game 1
  • Read on for all Bruins vs Hurricanes Game 2 odds and trends ahead of Wednesday night’s matchup at PNC Arena

The Carolina Hurricanes aim to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff matchup with Boston when they hit the ice for Game 2 with the Bruins on Wednesday night. Game time for Wednesday’s contest is set for 7:00 pm at PNC Arena.

After dominating in a 5-1 series-opening win, the Hurricanes return to action as -127 moneyline favorites in the NHL odds, while Boston is listed as a +107 underdog. The total is set at 5.5, with the OVER sporting -114 odds.

Bruins vs Hurricanes Odds

Game Time (ET) Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Wednesday May 4 Boston Bruins +1.5 (-240) O 5.5 (-114) +107
7pm Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+190) U 5.5 (-106) -127

Odds as of May 3rd at Barstool Sportsbook.

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The Hurricanes are listed at +190 in the puckline odds, while the Bruins own -240 odds of staying within two goals of Carolina for the first time in five head-to-head meetings. The Hurricanes’ -127 odds translate to an implied probability of victory of 55.95% while Boston’s +107 odds translate to a 48.31% implied win probability.

Monday’s victory marks Carolina’s fourth win in as many meetings with the Bruins this season. It also snapped a five-game home losing streak against Boston in postseason play. The OVER has paid out in three straight clashes between these clubs, ending a 7-2-0 run for the UNDER.

Canes Extend Dominance Over Boston in Game 1

Despite enjoying ample opportunity while outshooting the Hurricanes by a wide 36-25 margin in Game 1, Boston shooters were once again unable to convert. Conversely, the Hurricanes seized the moment, sealing Monday’s victory with a pair of second-period goals just 130 seconds apart, and have now won eight straight overall.

The Hurricanes have outscored Boston by a wide 21-2 margin while going 4-0-0 head-to-head this season. Accordingly, they have shortened to a -230 bet in the NHL playoff series prices. Carolina has also slightly improved to a +1000 wager in the Stanley Cup odds. Conversely, the Bruins have faded to +180 underdogs in the series prices.

Bruins Hampered by Faltering Power Play

The Bruins looked to have overcome scoring concerns while racking up 19 total goals over their final five regular season games. However, they remained snake bitten against Carolina in Game 1 despite getting 14 total shots on goal from David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and the team’s lone scorer on Monday, Taylor Hall.

A faltering power play has also emerged as a massive concern. The Bruins snapped a prolonged 0-for-40 run with the extra man by burying a pair of power play markers in last week’s 5-0 rout of Buffalo. However, those struggles returned on Monday, with Boston coming up empty on three power play opportunities.

Goaltender Linus Ullmark stopped 20 of 24 shots in his playoff debut, and wore the goat’s horns after giving up a weak third-period goal to Vincent Trocheck that put the game out of reach. However, early reports suggest Ullmark will be back in the Bruins crease for Game 2.

Steady Defence, Distributed Scoring Powering Canes Surge

The Hurricanes turned in steady performances at both ends of the ice on Monday. The club powered their fourth straight multi-goal victory over Boston with trademark defensive play while seizing offensive opportunities that forced the Bruins to abandon their game plan.

Goaltending was a concern for Carolina going into the series, with starter Frederik Andersen sidelined indefinitely by a lower body injury. Antti Raanta effectively allayed those fears with a steady Game 1 performance, stopping 35 of 36 shots faced to earn his fourth win in five starts.

Carolina also enjoyed contributions from up and the down the lineup, with five different shooters finding the back of the net. Seth Jarvis particularly impressed in Game 1, tallying a goal and an assist in his playoff debut. Vincent Trocheck also scored once and added a helper, and has now recorded five points during a three-game point streak.

Boston vs Carolina Game 2 Pick

Monday’s victory adds to the Hurricanes’ existing psychological advantage over Boston. Now riding a seven-game win streak, during which they have scored 4.57 goals per game, the Canes offer strong betting value against a struggling Bruins squad that may find themselves gripping their sticks too tight on Wednesday night.

The Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+190)

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