The Carolina Hurricanes got a stark reality check in game one of their Eastern Conference Final series against the Boston Bruins. Unlike their first two playoff opponents, Washington and the New York Islanders, the Bruins play a complete game and roll four effective lines all game long. Compared to the erratic and undisciplined Capitals and the popgun offensive attack of the Islanders the Bruins are 200-feet of excellence. As for Boston they learned that they must show up with their boots on and lunch buckets packed. Carolina led the first game 2-1 before Boston woke up to score four third period goals. Now the series shifts to Carolina where the fans are true energizer.
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- Date and Time: Tuesday, May 14, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
- Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
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- Bruins vs. Hurricanes TV Coverage: NBCSN
Boston has a 2-0 lead in this series with home payouts of 5-2 in game one and 6-2 in game two. Game four of this best of seven series will also take place at PNC Arena Thursday. And it would be foolish to write off the Hurricanes. The old NHL adage applies that you are not in trouble until you lose a playoff game at home. The big decision for Carolina is between the pipes. Petr Mrazek was lit up in the two games at Boston. This could pave the way for second round hero Curtis McElhinney, who has a playoff save percentage of .947.
Brind’Amour Epitomizes Canes in All Ways
When Tom Dundon purchased the Carolina Hurricanes over a year ago, he was immediately derided for his very unique way of doing things. In the stodgy old guard of the NHL he was seen as the virtual devil himself. Among the moves that Dundon made that caused the NHL conclave of clods burst into laughter was the hiring of Rod Brind’Amour has head coach. To say that Brind’Amour was hired on the cheap would be an understatement. In fact, he is the lowest paid coach by far in the NHL. He had zero head coaching experience. But what Brind’Amour did have was a passion and belief in the Carolina franchise that he captained to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship. Hurricanes players have fully responded to Brind’Amour’s leadership and have voiced how much they respect him as a coach.
A Captain in the Coach’s Image
Another member of that 2006 Stanley Cup championship team was current team captain Justin Williams. To begin with Williams has played on three Stanley Cup championship teams and owns the moniker of being “Mr. Game Seven” for his clutch heroics of the past. Williams knows Brind’Amour like few other players could and has set the perfect tone of leadership during this incredible playoff run.
Bruins vs. Hurricanes at PNC Arena
Carolina has had the betting edge at home against the Bruins with four payouts in their last seven against Boston at the PNC Arena. Only one of the last five meetings in this head to head series at Carolina have gone under the total.
Bruins vs. Hurricanes Free Picks
The term “home ice advantage” is often a lazy cliché but not in the case of the Hurricanes. Carolina has won all five of their home playoff games in front of the “Caniac” fans. In fact, Carolina has had the hot hand at PNC Arena with 13 payouts in their last 16 games on home ice.
Bruins vs. Hurricanes Pick: Bet the Carolina Hurricanes
Bruins vs. Hurricanes Score Prediction: Hurricanes 3, Bruins 1
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