The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes face off in Game 5 of this best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night, with puck drop set for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. The series is currently 2-2 and is back in Raleigh, NC, at PNC Arena.
Coming into the playoffs, the Bruins were 51-26-5 and fourth in the Atlantic Division. The Hurricanes ended their regular season with a 54-20-8 record and first in the Metropolitan.
The Bruins will look to add their third straight win and the series’ first away win, while the Hurricanes look to remain 100% at home and take back the series lead.
Both teams are 2-0 when they are favorites and 2-0 against the spread when they are favored. The over/under has remained at 5.5 throughout the entire series, where the over is 4-0.
Boston Bruins Looking to Stay Hot
The Boston Bruins have continued to score more goals as this series has progressed as they have gone from scoring one and two goals in the first two games to now scoring four and five goals in the previous two games. Heading into Game 5, the Bruins will look to continue this scoring dominance.
Led by Brad Marchand, the Bruins put together two home wins where Marchand put up eight points following just one point in the first two games. In Game 4, Marchand added a point on each of the Bruin’s five goals in their 5-2 win. He now has three goals, six assists, and nine points this series.
In net, Jeremy Swayman returned from injury before the Game 3 and now has a GAA of 2.00 and SV% of .925 in his two starts. With Linus Ullmark allowing eight goals in the first two games, expect Swayman to continue starting for the Bruins.
As a team, the Bruins have scored 12 goals this series for an average of 3.00 goals scored per game. On the other end, they have allowed 14 total goals for a GAA of 3.50.
Carolina Hurricanes Hoping to Get Back Series Lead
The Carolina Hurricanes started the series off 2-0 with two home wins. In those two wins, they scored five goals in each game but have since scored a total of four in the last two games. Back home, the Hurricanes look to get back on track and find the back of the net again.
The Hurricanes playoff point leader is currently Tony DeAngelo with five points. He is followed by Nino Niederreiter with four points, including his team-leading three goals. Regular season leader Sebastian Aho has two goals and three points in this series.
In net, the Hurricanes have been dealing with injuries to Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta, who went down in Game 2 but returned for Game 4.
Likely the Game 5 starter, Raanta has allowed five goals in three games for a GAA of 2.41 and a SV% of .928. He hopes to bounce back after allowing four goals in his Game 4 return.
As a team, the Carolina Hurricanes have scored 14 goals for an average of 3.50 goals scored per game. They have allowed 12 goals for a GAA of 3.00.
Bruins/Hurricanes Betting Prediction
With a 2-2 series, the Bruins look to gain the series lead while the Hurricanes look to get back the lead they had. The Bruins have Jeremy Swayman back, and he has been nothing shy of great in his last two games, allowing just four total goals on 53 shots. On top of great play in net, the Bruins have been playing well on offense scoring nine goals in the last two games.
The Hurricanes started off hot with ten goals in their first two games but have since just managed to score four in the last two. Sebastian Aho has put up just three points in the four games, and the Hurricanes will need him to step up if they want to get their series lead back.
Brad Marchand, on the other hand, has been carrying this team with nine points and will continue to do so in tonight’s game. He is just getting started as he hopes to kickstart teammate David Pastrnak who has three points.
This game will likely be a closer one but look for the pattern of this series of the home team winning to end. The Bruins are getting hot and don’t look to be cooling off soon.
Take the Boston Bruins as the underdog as they look to stay hot and take the series lead 3-2. Take Bruins ML (+125).