The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to close out their first-round series against a pesky Boston Bruins team, but the series moves back to Boston for Game 6. This betting guide will give some of the top value plays for Thursday’s pivotal contest.
Carolina Hurricanes (+110) vs Boston Bruins (-135)
Hurricanes Lead Series 3-2
The Boston Bruins are facing elimination, but they’ll welcome a return to Boston for Game 6. Both of the Bruins’ victories in this series came at home, and they stack up very well again on Thursday. The advantage of last change at home keeps Boston’s Perfection Line away from Jordan Staal’s shutdown checking line. That gives Boston a big edge, and their moneyline seems like the play here (-135).
Every game in this series has been decided by more than one goal, so there’s some risk in Boston’s puck line (-1.5, +190) but the value is definitely there. The total is probably the most valuable number of Game 6. Taking the over (O6, +100) is a great play, considering at least six goals have been scored in every game of this series.
Brett Pesce Shots (Over 1.5, -130)
Brett Pesce isn’t the highest-profile name on the Carolina Hurricanes, but he’s been one of the steadiest in their series against the Boston Bruins. The defenseman doesn’t have a point, but he logs a lot of ice time, and he’s been good to get a few shots off in every game of this series. Carolina keeps the defensemen involved, and that should continue going forward.
Pesce had four shots on goal in the last game of this series and had two shots in one of the games in Boston. He had just one on goal in Game 4 but had one ding a post and another off the crossbar. So, the chances are there. Because of Pesce’s consistency over the series, look for him to get at least two shots on goal in Thursday’s pivotal Game 6.
Patrice Bergeron Points (Over 0.5, -155)
Since getting reunited with David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron has been great. The Boston center has a goal and two assists in the last three games, giving him three goals and two assists in the series. He’s also generating tons of shots. Bergeron has had at least four shots in every game of the series and has amassed 26 in the five games combined.
Things get better for Bergeron now that he’s back home. Bergeron scored 40 of his 65 points at home this season and has been much better there in this series. Expect Bergeron to be in the thick of the same types of things that won the Bruins Games 3 and 4 the last time they were in Boston. Back Bergeron to score at least one point (-155) in today’s contest, as Boston tries to stave off elimination.
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