May 4, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) battles Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) for the puck during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
- The Boston Bruins are -130 home favorites to win Game 3 of their first-round series over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, May 6
- The Hurricanes, up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series, are expected to use No. 3 goalie Pyotr Kochetkov, a 22-year-old rookie
- See the Game 3 Hurricanes vs Bruins odds below plus betting picks
This season the Boston Bruins have had no clue how to deal with the Carolina Hurricanes offensively or defensively. The two teams met three times in the regular-season and the Hurricanes won all three games. The ‘Canes outscored Boston 16-1.
Now, they’ve met twice in these playoffs in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Hurricanes won twice, outscoring the Bruins 10-3. But the Hurricanes suffered another goalie injury and may be down to their third-string goalie for Game 3 in Boston. That’s why the Bruins are a -130 favorite in Game 3. Goalie injuries are an equalizer. A goalie injury changes everything.
Hurricanes vs. Bruins Odds
|Carolina Hurricanes||+1.5 (-240)||O 5.5 (-120)||+115|
|Boston Bruins||-1.5 (+200)||U 5.5 (+100)||-135|
Odds as of May 5 at Caesars Sportsbook.
Hurricanes vs Bruins NHL Betting Trends
Based on the odds, the favored Bruins are given a 52.4% implied probability of beating the Hurricanes in Game 3. In public wagering splits, 82% of the bets placed against the spread are on the Bruins -1.5. The moneyline splits show 56% of the moneyline bets are on the Hurricanes at +106 odds; 82% of the public bets are on the Over (5.5)
Hey Pyotr, wanna come in and win a playoff game? pic.twitter.com/JkbqXUL5uK
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) May 5, 2022
Carolina vs Boston Recent Results
|10/28/2021||Carolina 3, Boston 0||Car||Car||Under|
|1/18/2022||Boston 1, Carolina 7||Car||Car||Over|
|2/10/2022||Boston 0, Carolina 6||Car||Car||Over|
|5/2/2022||Carolina 5, Boston 1||Car||Car||Over|
|5/4/2022||Carolina 5, Boston 2||Car||Car||Over|
Hurricanes vs. Bruins Injury Report
Already missing starting goalie Freddie Andersen, the Hurricanes lost his backup Antti Raanta during Game 2 when he was hit in the mask by Boston forward David Pastrnak. He left in the first period and didn’t return. The Hurricanes didn’t provide information about his injury.
The ‘Canes now face the the possibility of playing Game 3 with No. 3 Pyotr Kochetkov in net. He played well in relief of Raanta, but he is an inexperienced goalie.
Hampus Lindholm is out for Game 3. He was able to travel back to Boston with the Bruins after last nights game
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) May 5, 2022
Meanwhile, Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy announced Thursday that defenseman Hampus Lindholm won’t play Game 3. He suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 2 when he was walloped by Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov.
Hurricanes vs Bruins Projected Starting Goalies
The Bruins have already announced Jeremy Swayman will replace Linus Ullmark as the Bruins’ starting goalie in Game 3. Ullmark gave up eight goals to the Hurricanes on 57 shots in the first two games of the series in Raleigh.
Swayman, 23, is a rookie, but he played half of Boston’s games in net this season. He posted a 2.41 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. He is also older than Kochetkov, 22, who projects to be Carolina’s goalie with Freddie Andersen and Antti Raanta both injured.
Pyotr Kochetkov (30 saves) became the fourth goaltender ever to win their @Canes / Whalers playoff debut by making 30 or more saves, joining Mike Liut (37 saves), James Reimer (37 saves) and Antti Raanta (35 saves). #StanleyCup#NHLStats: https://t.co/SkbL0CFVQP pic.twitter.com/QCmhFzQv4o
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 5, 2022
Russian Kochetkov spent much of this season in the Kontinental Hockey League. He also played 15 games in the American Hockey League and three games for the Hurricanes before getting pressed into playoff service in Game 2. A second-round pick in 2019, Kochetkov is considered a prize prospect.
Hurricanes vs Bruins Game 3 Prediction
The Hurricanes have owned the Bruins all season. However, the Bruins are too prideful to go down 3-0 in this series. They are home, angry and probably will face an inexperienced goalie unless Raanta makes a miraculous recovery. The Bruins have undoubtedly studied Kochetkov’s game tapes today.
If the Bruins are going to win any game in this series, this will be the one. With young goalies playing, you would expect a high-scoring game as well.
Pick: Boston Bruins ML (-135) and Over 5.5 (-120)
Kevin Allen has covered most major events, including the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final. He covered the NHL for USA Today from 1986-2020, receiving the Lester Patrick Award in 2013 and was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014 with the Elmer Ferguson Award.