The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes meet for Game 7 of their 1st-round Eastern Conference playoff series Saturday at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The series is tied 3-3. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we look at the Bruins vs. Hurricanes Game 7 odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Bruins have dropped all 3 road games against the Hurricanes by a combined score of 16-4. This will be Boston’s first Game 7 appearance since losing in the Stanley Cup Finals to the St. Louis Blues in 2019.
The Hurricanes have gone 5-0 in five Game 7 appearances since relocating from Hartford. That includes Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006 against the Edmonton Oilers, the team’s only championship season.
Bruins at Hurricanes odds and lines
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Money line: Bruins +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Hurricanes -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Bruins +1.5 (-230) | Hurricanes -1.5 (+170)
Over/Under (O/U): 5.5 (O: -125 | U: +100)
Bruins at Hurricanes projected goalies
Jeremy Swayman (23-14-3, 2.41 GAA, .914 SV%, 3 SO – regular season) vs. Antti Raanta (15-5-4, 2.45 GAA, .912 SV%, 2 SO – regular season)
Swayman was dominant in Game 6, allowing just 2 goals on 25 shots in the victory. He is 3-1-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .913 SV% in 4 starts since taking over for the ineffective Linus Ullmark after Game 2.
Raanta suffered the loss in Game 6, allowing 4 goals on 33 shots. The Finnish-born goaltender is 2-0 at home in these playoffs, allowing just 2 goals on 76 shots across 3 starts.
Bruins at Hurricanes picks and predictions
Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2
The HURRICANES (-135) are the play in this series finale, as Carolina has looked unstoppable on home ice and atrocious at times away from home. If this one was in Boston, for sure the Bruins would be the play.
Against the spread
The Bruins +1.5 (-230) would cost more than two times your potential return, and that’s just too risky for not much reward if you would like some insurance. Just play Boston straight up if you like them. I don’t, though.
UNDER 5.5 (+100) is the play here, even with two rather inexperienced goaltenders in the postseason. Both Raanta and Swayman are starting their first-career Game 7s. Still, the nerves for both sides will likely mean a slow start from a scoring perspective, and the Under is the best play as both sides will be very calculated and take few risks.
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