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NHL Hurricanes vs Bruins

The Boston Bruins (53-29-5) will look to continue the trend of the home team winning every matchup of this first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes (57-22-8) on Thursday when they meet in Game 6. Meanwhile, the visitors will try to buck that trend and the Hurricanes vs Bruins prediction that has them listed as small underdogs now. 

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Hurricanes vs Bruins Odds & Analysis

Opening Odds

Carolina opened as a small road favorite but has since switched to a dog in early wagering, with bettors believing the host team will hold serve and send this series back to PNC Arena for a deciding Game 7. Boston is riding a six-game home winning streak and won the first two of this series there by a combined score of 9-4. The OVER is 4-0-1 through the first five too, which is why the total is posted at 6 for the second straight time.

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DeAngelo Must Play Under Control In Road Setting

Nobody denies the talent of Carolina defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who leads the team in scoring this postseason with eight points (one goal and seven assists). But DeAngelo has a tendency to get testy and then let his hot head prevail on a personal level to hurt his team in key situations.

At home, the 25-year-old New Jersey native has totaled seven points (one goal and six assists) compared to only one on the road. That is no coincidence, as he feeds off his own fans in a good way and then lets his opponents get under his skin on their own ice.

If DeAngelo can play under control in this spot and produce points again off his best game of the series, then the Hurricanes will advance.

McAvoy Might Make Bigger Impact For Boston At Home

An important defenseman came back for the Bruins in Game 5 but failed to produce much positively in their 5-1 loss. Charlie McAvoy cleared COVID-19 protocols after missing Game 4 at home, which followed his lone performance with a positive plus-minus rating (+2) in Game 3. He took his first penalty of the series as well on Tuesday while his counterpart for Carolina (DeAngelo) shined with a goal and two assists.

Boston needs McAvoy to return to form quickly or else the team could be packing its bags for the summer. In addition, goaltender Jeremy Swayman is 2-0 at home in this series compared to 0-1 on the road. If you look at the line move with regard to the Hurricanes vs Bruins predictions, the hosts figure to rebound.

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Hurricanes: Keys To Victory

It is very telling that Carolina has outscored Boston 12-6 in 5-on-5 situations during this series after being whistled for just three penalties in Game 5. The Hurricanes are clearly the better team when they can play under control and not spend extensive time in the penalty box (see DeAngelo above). The biggest key for them will be making sure they carry over how they played in their last game to this one – or else there will be a Game 7.

Bruins: Keys To Victory

The last five games of Boston’s home winning streak have all been decided by two goals or more, with the visiting team managing no more than two goals in any of them. That will be the key for the Bruins, with the defense and the goalie playing the most critical roles obviously. If you believe in the hosts with your Hurricanes vs Bruins pick, you think the visitors will be limited offensively again like they were in Games 3 and 4. 

Odds Shark’s Computer Hurricanes vs Bruins Prediction: Hurricanes +105

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  • Carolina is 9-2 in its last 11 games.
  • The OVER is 7-1 in Carolina’s last 8 games.
  • Boston is 6-0 in its last 6 home games.

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