Stephen Nover's Sunday Stanley Cup Totals Crusher
Carolina vs. Boston,
05/12/2019 15:00 EDT,
Score: 2 - 6
Total: -126/+5½ Under
There were seven goals scored in Boston's 5-2 Game 1 victory on Thursday. The oddsmaker wasn't fooled by this many goals being scored and neither should you.
This was a tight 2-1 game with Carolina pulling the upset - until the third period. The Bruins took advantage of power play opportunities and outscored the Hurricanes, 4-0, during the final period.
Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek was making his first appearance since getting hurt on April 28. Mrazek should be less rusty. Mrazek stopped 31 shots in a 1-0 overtime victory against the Islanders in his previous game before playing against the Bruins.
The Hurricanes realize their missed opportunity. They will do a better job of keeping their emotions in check and playing cleaner hockey in order not to incur any penalties playing on foreign ice. That means a conservative style. They have given up two or fewer goals in five of their last eight games.
The Bruins get back star defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who sat out Game 1 due to suspension. The Bruins also have the hottest goalie in the playoffs, Tukka Rask. The Hurricanes are going to have to earn any goals they might get because Rask isn't going to give them soft ones.