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Betting NHL Online - Top Seeds Having Problem In NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/2/2011 4:13:09 PM
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Sports betting experts are having a difficult time understanding the NHL Eastern Conference semifinals. As the 2011 Kentucky Derby betting gets underway, the playoffs move forward. But the NHL Eastern Conference semifinals are proving to be a big surprise with each game played. The top seeds are not faring very well, and sportsbook promo fans are starting to see how the playoffs can bring out the best in the league’s best players.

Tampa Bay Lightning (#5 seed) versus Washington Capitals (#1 seed)

Tampa leads series 2-0

The Washington Capitals really struggled in the first half of the regular season. But after the all-star break, the Capitals began to rise to the top of the Eastern Conference. For years, the Capitals’ fans have been expecting the tandem of Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin to deliver a Stanley Cup championship. For the past couple of seasons, the Capitals have entered the playoffs with momentum. But, each time, Washington has been knocked out well short of their goal.

 The Tampa Bay Lightning have either found a new gear to shift into, or they were playing possum all season long. Steven Stamkos and Vincent LeCavalier, a pair that was supposed to set the league on fire this year, were quiet all season long. In this series, they have come to life and are pushing the Lightning past the Capitals. The Lightning took the first two games of the series in Washington, and presents a real threat to sweep the series with the two games at home.  The Lightning is getting scoring from its top players and solid goaltending from veteran Dwayne Roloson. All of the elements that came together for the Lightning in their Stanley Cup run of 2003-2004.

Analysis

The Capitals are not playing like a team. Alex Ovechkin is not being a team player and the rest of the Capitals are following suit. If the Capitals want to come back in this series, they need to start looking at each other rather than constantly looking at themselves.

Boston Bruins (#3 seed) versus Philadelphia Flyers (#2 seed)

Boston leads series 1-0

The other Eastern Conference semifinals series also finds the top seed in trouble. But where the Washington Capitals possess the tools necessary to come back in their series, the Philadelphia Flyers do not. The Flyers cycled all three of their goaltenders through their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with the Buffalo Sabres. But the Sabres’ defense was so poor that Buffalo could not push back against Philly to test the Flyers’ weak goaltending situation. The Boston Bruins have more than adequate defensive talent to support an offensive attack, and they are proving it.

The Bruins are a big, strong and fast hockey team. They have great goaltending from the unorthodoxed Tim Thomas, and the Boston defense is more than able to handle the injured and small Philadelphia forwards. The Philadelphia defense is tough, but the Bruins’ forwards are just too fast for Philadelphia. That is not something the Flyers will be able to adjust to in this series.

Analysis

The Flyers have no goaltending, and you cannot win a Stanley Cup without goaltending. Philly goaltender Brian Boucher gave up five goals on 20 shots and backup Sergei Bobrovsky gave up two goals on nine shots. The Flyers will not be able to play musical goaltenders in this series and hope to win. This series should be a sweep by the Bruins or, at best, it will go five games.

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