The Bruins are about a 2-1 favorite in hockey odds to win Game 2. Hockey playoffs odds favor the Bruins but the Hurricanes do have some weapons that can cause Boston some trouble in this series. Carolina has an excellent goaltender in Cam Ward who knows how to win in the playoffs. He won the Conn Smythe in 2006 when the Hurricanes won the Cup. In hockey playoffs odds action against New Jersey, Ward had a 2.11 GAA and .938 save percentage. He didn’t quite match Boston’s Tim Thomas in the regular season but he was not that far behind with a 2.44 GAA and .916 save percentage.
Carolina may also have a sniper in Eric Staal who can win games in hockey playoffs odds while Boston does not. Staal had 40 goals in the regular season and he scored five times against New Jersey in the opening round of hockey playoffs odds.
Carolina does not have the blueline depth of Boston but they still do have Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkanen who are solid. The key for Carolina though may be the power play as they really struggled in the hockey playoffs odds series against New Jersey going 2 for 29. The good news is that Carolina was great in penalty killing in that series.
Before this hockey odds series began the Bruins were unbeaten all-time in the playoffs against Carolina in terms of series. They had won 12 of the 19 contests in hockey playoffs odds between the two teams. This is only the second time since 1997-98 that the teams have met in the hockey playoffs odds as in 1999 Boston eliminated Carolina.
Boston won all four games against Carolina in the regular season, outscoring them 18-6 in the four games. Thomas was 3-0 with a 1.33 GAA against the Hurricanes in the regular season. Carolina has also been a poor underdog recently in hockey odds as they were 2-5 in their last 7 hockey playoff odds games as an underdog before this series began.
The Bruins are 29-10 in their last 39 games as a home favorite as hockey playoffs odds stats show.
The total has some conflicting trends hockey playoffs odds as the Under is 4-1-1 in the Hurricanes last 6 games as a road underdog but the Over is 26-12-2 in the Bruins last 40 games as a home favorite.
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