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Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick & Prediction MAY 14TH 2022

NHL | HOCKEY
TV: Sportsnet | SN360
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Logo Carolina Hurricanes
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CURRENT
-1.5 +175

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MONEYLINE
+320

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SCORE
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Win or go home.

The season will be on the line for both sides when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

The Bruins forced the deciding contest with a 5-2 win in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston.

"This is what you play for," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Guys should be excited. Game 7, Stanley Cup playoffs, home or road. I'd rather be at home, but we play where we play. I'd play on Mars if we had to."

For Cassidy's crew to knock out the Hurricanes, they'll have to do something they have yet to accomplish thus far in the postseason -- be victorious in Raleigh.

"We've got to win now one road game," Cassidy said. "That's what's in front of us. We knew that when we started this series. We'd have to win a road game, at least one, if we wanted to advance. So here it is."

Depth proved to be a strength for the Bruins in Game 6, with four of the five goals coming from someone other than their usual go-to scorers, Brad Marchand and captain Patrice Bergeron.

"You always want to help out and produce, but you just want to play the right way," said Charlie Coyle, who had a goal and an assist and sits tied for second on the team in postseason scoring. "That's all it is, no matter who you're playing with.

"We got a lot of contributions from different guys (Thursday). ... We're just glad we got the job done."

Carolina hopes the trend of home-ice advantage, which has factored into each side skating away victorious in their own rinks, continues for Saturday's tilt.

"Everybody is obviously excited about it. It's do or die," goalie Antti Raanta said. "With how the series has been, home teams have been successful. We're hoping that we can keep that going and get the energy from the crowd."

Stronger play on special teams at home has been key for the Hurricanes. After going 0-for-3 on the power play in the series opener, Carolina went 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) in Games 2 and 5. At the other end, the Hurricanes' penalty killers have held the Bruins to one goal on 11 opportunities through three games in Raleigh.

"You need everyone playing detailed hockey and limiting your mistakes as best you can," captain Jordan Staal said. "And obviously just trusting in our game. Those are all the things we faltered at (Thursday). We have to come out in Game 7 with an effort that we obviously need to beat this team."

The Hurricanes are looking for more from their top-end talent, who have struggled to produce as the series has progressed. Andrei Svechnikov scored both goals on Thursday, his first tallies since Game 1.

Sebastian Aho had two assists in Game 5 but hasn't scored since striking twice in Game 2.

"We say it all the time, but we've got to get everyone going," coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Let's just be blunt. If you play poorly here, then you're going to be in trouble. It was nice to see (Svechnikov) get a couple, but we need everybody to be ready to roll next game."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Boston Bruins
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Carolina Hurricanes

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Jake DeBrusk scored twice and the Boston Bruins racked up four goals in a span of less than seven minutes in the third period to wipe out a two-goal deficit and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in Game 4 on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The Bruins hold a 3-1 series lead going into Game 5 on Wednesday.

Brad Marchand notched the go-ahead goal with 8:20 remaining, just 90 seconds after Connor Clifton's tying goal. DeBrusk posted the first and final goals for Boston.

Justin Williams, Jordan Martinook and Teuvo Teravainen scored for the Hurricanes.

Boston goalie Jaroslav Halak, who was in his second game since the weekend announcement that starting goalie Tuukka Rask was opting out of the playoffs because of personal reasons, made 16 saves.

Carolina goalie James Reimer stopped 29 shots.

The Bruins finally scored on their 24th shot of the game when DeBrusk converted with 12:34 remaining. The Hurricanes never recovered.

The Hurricanes began the third period by completing a successful penalty kill. That put Boston at 0-for-3 on power plays.

But the Bruins had the first 16 shots in the period, including DeBrusk's second and third goals of the postseason, Clifton's first goal of the month and Marchand's third goal of the playoffs.

Still, Carolina's first shot of the period resulted in Teravainen's goal with 1:27 remaining.

It was just the second time in 10 situations that the Carolina franchise lost a Game 4 when trailing a series by 2-1.

Williams converted on a shot through traffic 9:17 into the game, supplying his first point of the postseason. It was Carolina's first shot on goal after the Hurricanes failed to notch a shot on an earlier power play.

Sebastian Aho set up Martinook's shot for the second goal with 7:58 remaining in the second period. It marked Martinook's second goal of the playoffs, while Aho compiled his 11th point of the month on the play.

Carolina couldn't overcome the absence of forward Andrei Svechnikov, who was injured late in Game 3.

The Bruins went on a power play less than two minutes into the game. Torey Krug misfired on an open net during that advantage.

Boston played its third consecutive game without right winger David Pastrnak, who co-led the NHL with 48 regular-season goals.

--Field Level Media

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