These teams played a “home and home” series against each other a couple of weeks ago. The Bruins “crushed” the Canes in the opening game, a 7-0 victory at Boston, on 1/17.
The Canes played much better when the teams faced each other the following day. In fact, they held a 45-28 edge in shots on goal. However, they still came up short, falling 4-3. Those results should ensure a highly motivated effort here.
Captain Eric Staal said this of the last meeting here at Raleigh: “We didn’t get the results that we wanted, but our compete level was there and we … couldn’t find a way to get the puck to the back of the net.”
Note that Carolina went 6-1-1 at home in January; the lone regulation loss was the one vs. the Bruins.
While Boston is admittedly a solid team, the Canes are a profitable 31-25 (+13.4) the past few years, when facing a team with a winning record, during the second half of the season.
During that stretch, they’ve also gone a respectable 44-34 (+2.9) when playing a home game, with an O/U line of 5.5. With the home fans still “buzzing” from the All Star festivities, consider backing revenge-minded Carolina.