boston bruins vs carolina hurricanes predictions and preview

  • NHL

NHL boston bruins vs carolina hurricanes predictions and preview


 

 

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

 

The Carolina Hurricanes travel to take on the Boston Bruins looking to close out their series vs Boston, as they are up 3-2. During the regular season, they had an overall record of 54-20, placing them 1st in the Metropolitan. On the season, the Hurricanes are an above .500 team in their 41 road games, posting a record of 25-12-4. Heading into the game, Carolina have played well against Eastern Conference opponents, sitting at 30-14. The Boston Bruins will look to keep their season alive as they host the Carolina Hurricanes. During the year, they had an overall record of 51-26, placing them 4th in the Atlantic. On the season, the Bruins have played well in their 41 home games, posting a record of 26-13-2. Heading into the game, Boston has played well vs Eastern Conference opponents, sitting at 31-17. The puck drops at 7pm EST.

 

The Hurricanes Look To Advance Into The Second Round

Carolina will look to punch their ticket into the second round, after taking down Boston by a score of 5-1 in game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead. In the game, they jumped out to an early lead, scoring 2 first period goals. Heading into the final period, the team led 3-0. In 5-on-5 situations, the Carolina Hurricanes have a shooting percentage of 8.2%, placing them above the league average. Their shooting efficiency is a key reason for their offensive success as they are also generating 5-on-5 scoring chances at an above-average rate. According to advanced metrics that track the quality of a team's shots, the Hurricanes have 5.8 fewer goals than expected. For the year, the team is averaging 8.05 high danger scoring chances per game.

 

 

 

Throughout the season, Carolina featured one of the strongest goalie units in the league, turning away goals at a rate of 92.44%. In addition, they were also excellent when opponents had good looks at the net, ranking 9th in scoring chance save percentage. 

The Bruins Look To Extend Their Series vs Carolina To A Game 7

The Boston Bruins Look to bounce back from a poor offensive showing, as they only managed 1 goal in game 5. This was a disappointing performance, as they had scored 5 and 4 goals in their previous 2 contests, both in Boston.

 

 

When looking at the Boston Bruins' performance during 5 on 5 time, their shooting percentage of 6.8% puts them below the league average. However, they have made up for this lack of efficiency by generating 5-on-5 scoring chances at an above-average rate. Based on the quality of their shot attempts, advanced metrics show the Bruins should have at least 24.1 more goals on their total. The Boston Bruins will be looking for a return to normal on defense, as during the regular season, the unit was ranked 1st in expected goals allowed. However, their goalie unit was mediocre, ranked 18th in save percentage.





TWITTER FEED