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The Carolina Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins for the first game of their series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Lightning Locks breaks down the game and shares his pick.
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Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins Prediction: Will Carolina's Defense Be Different Tonight?

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here and we have to wonder if the books are giving us free money or what is going on here. Is Frederick Andersen worth this much to the Carolina team or do they think Boston needs to win at something after their baseball team lost a series to the Orioles and the Celtics got destroyed at home? Let’s find out why we think we are getting a steal on this series price and we are going to jump all over it at this low number. 

Hurricanes vs. Bruins Start Time and Where to Watch

Date: Monday, May 2

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN

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Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins Prediction

Boston played Carolina three times this year and boy was it ugly every time. They got outscored 16 to 1 so you can’t say it was one game or two it was total domination in every game. The Bruins are built on defense and they were a great defensive team this year with most of their stats in the top five, but is a goalie really worth that much when you got destroyed in every meeting this year. The Bruins did play well at the end of the year but we feel it was a little too late and they will not win four games against the better team.

Carolina is missing their best goalie (Andersen) as we mentioned. This is one of the reasons for the low line on the series but not the only one as Boston is one of the original franchises and has a huge following and there is always action on the Bruins. Some may think Andersen was the reason but we don’t agree as to why Carolina was the number one defense. This team gave up 2.44 goals a game-best in the league, 28.2 shots a game-best in the league and they had the No. 1 penalty kill in the league. This backup that everyone is worried about Antti Raanta was 15-5-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a 91% save percentage. In his last four games he gave up nine goals and this is hockey. A great goalie is important but this defense isn’t a one-man show and should rally around the backup until the starter is back. 

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With the complete dominance this year in this series 6-0, 7-1, 3-0 and the home ice, and the better defense we are not falling for a trap or a bad line or whatever Vegas is doing in this series. We are getting the better team and sometime this series Andersen is expected back. Before the line blows up, we are going to jump on the Hurricanes -115 to win this series as we will be shocked if it goes past six games or even gets there. Lay the small number and take the easy winner with Carolina to win this series and continue the bad run for Boston teams this month.

Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins Pick

Hurricanes -115 (Bet $115 to win $100)

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