NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes – Wednesday, August 19, 2020

by Ayden Fahlstrom | August 19, 2020 |

The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins have played four games against each other thus far in their series, but it’s not over just yet. They’ll face off for Game 5 on Wednesday at 4:00PM ET inside the Toronto bubble.

The Boston Bruins have controlled the series, winning three of the four games so far. They’re one victory away from advancing to the next round of the playoffs and coming one step closer to that ultimate goal. It’ll be their first chance to close the series out.

While they’ve controlled the series, Carolina has kept things close. Two of their losses were by one goal and these other one was by two goals. They’ve come up short, but they’re not far away from getting back into this series. A win on Wednesday would go a long way.

Can the Carolina Hurricanes Hold On a Bit Longer?

The Carolina Hurricanes have managed to score 10 times against the Boston Bruins this series, with their only victory coming in Game 2. They lost Game 1 in double overtime and also lost a close one in Game 4, a game that ended 4-3.

It was a tough loss because the Hurricanes were leading comfortably 2-0 leading into the third period. Boston scored four unanswered goals in a matter of seven minutes to take the lead. Carolina finally answered with a minute and a half remaining, but couldn’t tie the game up before the final buzzer.

Will the Boston Bruins Finish Off Their First Opponent?

The Boston Bruins have their first shot at taking down their first playoff opponent inside the bubble. They’ve found a way to win three of four, but they can’t keep relying on these close wins. Eventually, they need to prove that they’re a favorite in these playoffs.

Jake DeBrusk was a catalyst in GAme 4, scoring two of the four goals in the third period. Brad Marchand has also added some fire to the offense with a goal in each of the past three games. They’ll need some early production from them to secure a trip to the next round.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Betting Lines

Will we get to see the Bruins advance or will Carolina force a Game 6? BetOnline has the Boston Bruins (-149) with the 1.5-goal advantage over the Carolina Hurricanes (+135). They also have the over/under listed at 5 goals.

What’s Our Pick?

The Boston Bruins were the heavy favorite coming into this series, but Carolina has made it much closer than originally imagined. Still, the Hurricanes find themselves in win-or-go-home territory as they continue their fight for the Stanley Cup.

At the end of the day, I think Boston will do what they need to do in order to walk away victorious. Marchand and DeBrusk will keep the Hurricanes honest and give the Bruins the security they need. Boston will face either the Washington Capitals or New York Islanders.

Final Score 3-1, Boston Bruins.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Boston Bruins (-149)

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