It’s getting to the stage of the NHL season where every game takes on a higher level of importance. There are divisions to be decided and playoff spots to be secured as we head into the final few weeks of the season. The Boston Bruins are locked in an epic battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, while the Carolina Hurricanes are still well within reach of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. It’s easy to see why this match-up is so important to both teams, and while you would likely give the edge to the Bruins on home ice, you cannot discount a Hurricanes team that still feels as though they can play their way into the postseason. Updated odds for this, and all the other NHL games, can be seen by visiting the NHL betting page.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins NHL Betting Guide
When: Thursday, March 10 at 7PM EST
Where: TD Garden, Boston
TV: FSS and NESN
Radio: WCMC and WGR
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Carolina Hurricanes
Not too many people were sure what to expect from the Hurricanes (30-26-11) this season, as they are a franchise very much in transition. They have proven to be a team that is hard working and incredibly tough to beat, and it is probably a surprise to a lot of hockey fans that this group is just 4 points out of the final Wild Card spot at this late stage of the season. While the Hurricanes have been competitive, they are currently not playing well enough to close that gap. A 4-5-1 record in their past 10 games shows that they are coming up a little short at a time when they need wins the most. This is going to be a tough trip for them, as the Bruins are not a team that they have played very well against in recent seasons. Carolina are averaging 2.4 GPG, and are giving up 2.7 GPG.
Why bet on the Boston Bruins
Make no mistake about it, this Bruins (38-23-7) team wants to win the Atlantic Division, and their last 3 games may just show how hard they are willing to work to do so. Each of their last 3 games have gone to OT, and they have come away with a 2-0-1 record, with the only loss coming versus the Washington Capitals, who just happen to be the best team in the league by a country mile. The last two wins came on the road, and set the Bruins up nicely for a 2-game home stand at the Garden, where they are just 15-16-4 this season. This is a team that does seem to play better on the road, but they are on a nice little roll right now, and deserve to be favorites for this one. The Bruins are averaging 3.0 GPG, and are giving up 2.7 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It was the Bruins who came away with a 4-1 victory when these two met earlier this season, which means Boston has now won 6 of their last 7 games against the Hurricanes. I like them to add another victory to that list on Thursday.