NHL Betting: Bruins vs Hurricanes First Round Game 2 – 05/04/22

The Carolina Hurricanes continued their dominance over the Boston Bruins in the first game of their first-round series. They’ll try to continue it in Game 2 today. This betting guide will offer some of the best bets for Game 2, based on the trends going on between the two teams.

Boston Bruins (+100) vs Carolina Hurricanes (-120)

Boston didn’t show anything in Carolina’s 5-1 victory in Game 1 that indicated any change in the narrative from the regular season. The Canes have won all four games between the teams this season, and all four have been in convincing fashion. There’s no reason to think Game 2 should be any different. Carolina’s moneyline (-120) is still ridiculously valuable, and even the puck line (-1.5, +200) has a ton of value, too. Both are playable.

Antti Raanta Carolina Hurricanes
Antti Raanta, Carolina Hurricanes (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Betting the total could go either way. Under bettors looked good going into the third period of Game 1 until they were dunked on by an empty-netter with roughly three minutes left in a game the Bruins had no chance to win. If Boston is going to continue playing defense with parking cones, keep betting the over (O5.5, -120) until they prove otherwise.


First Team to 3 Goals: Carolina (+115)

Unless something drastically changes, there is a lot of value in picking the Hurricanes to be the first to score three goals in Game 2. These teams have played four games this season, and Boston has managed two goals in all of them combined. That’s two goals in 240 minutes of play. There’s always a chance that things turn around, but Carolina has been the first to three goals every time they’ve faced in 2021-22.

The Hurricanes got off to a bit of a slow start in Game 1 but wound up racking up at least five goals against Boston for the third time this season. The Bruins looked good at the end of the season, winning four of their last five while scoring 19 goals in those contests. Are the Bruins going to turn things around? Sooner or later, they have to get some more scoring. The problem is, if Carolina keeps Boston’s number, the Bruins might not find see that scoring until next season.

Vincent Trocheck Points (Over 0.5, -105)

You can pick pretty much any skater on the Canes to score a point, and you have a good shot at hitting it. Twelve different players registered at least one point in Game 1, and that train doesn’t look like it is slowing down any time soon. It was Carolina’s second line that looked to be picking up steam, and Vincent Trocheck looked unstoppable over the final two periods. He had a goal and assist and should be in line to get at least one point (-105) in Game 2.

Vincent Trocheck Carolina Hurricanes
Vincent Trocheck, Carolina Hurricanes (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Carolina needs depth scoring if it wants a deep run. Counting the end of the regular season, Trocheck has two goals and three assists in his last three games. He also had a goal and assist in the regular-season meetings against the Bruins. Boston had no answer for that line, as Trocheck and Teuvo Teravainen both lit the lamp in Game 1. Expect Trocheck to be in the middle of things in the second game, and for the rest of the series.

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