The NHL playoffs have arrived, and there are a number of bets to take advantage of in the first-round series between the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins. This betting guide will deliver some insight into the best bets for the opening game of the series, as well as picks for the overall series.
Game 1 Moneyline and Over/Under
BOS: 51-26-5, 3.09 GF/GP, 2.66 GF/GP, L10: 6-4-0
CAR: 54-20-8, 3.38 GF/GP, 2.44 GF/GP, L10: 8-2-0
The Carolina Hurricanes have completely controlled the series against the Boston Bruins all season. The Canes won all three games in the series, and Boston managed to score one goal in those three games. The first game of this series should be more of the same, and there are a number of favorable odds on Carolina’s side.
The Hurricanes’ moneyline (-120) is great, and the puck line (-1.5, +200) also looks enticing. The Bruins never got within three goals of the Canes in any of their games this season, so getting 2-to-1 for a multi-goal victory might be the best bet. Because of Boston’s struggles to score against Carolina, it’s worth giving the under (U5.5, +100) a look, too.
Game 1 Props
Teuvo Teravainen Assists (Over 0.5, +120)
Teuvo Teravainen has had a solid season, scoring 65 points behind 43 assists. Five of those assists came in three games against Boston this season. He’s had at least one helper in each of those three games and had three assists in Carolina’s last game against the Bruins on Feb. 10. The Canes will score, and this looks like a solid player prop with some value.
Historically, Teravainen has also been good against Boston. In 16 career games against the Bruins, he’s racked up six goals and 12 assists. He also played well to close out the season, notching at least a point in five of Carolina’s last seven games. That bodes well for Teravainen to get off to a hot start in this series, and he should keep his assist streak against the Bruins going.
This looks like Carolina’s series to lose and the series odds for the Hurricanes (-124) are very good, too. The only question mark for the Canes is the health of goaltender Frederik Andersen, who won’t play in the first game of the series. However, Carolina still looks like the pick here. The Hurricanes haven’t only rolled past Boston in every game this season, but the Bruins haven’t scored more than two goals against the Canes since the 2019 Playoffs.
If looking for a little riskier play, picking the series to go five games (+270) or six games (+194) also has a lot of value. The odds for a Carolina sweep (+1120) are also through the roof, but picking the Canes to win in five or six games both yield odds at +520. All of Carolina’s odds look good in this series, and even if you take on the riskier plays, the Canes’ -124 to win the series has to be on your radar.
Odds via Yahoo and BetMGM.
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