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Betting On NHL Hockey Playoffs – Canucks Look To Put Stranglehold On Series While Bruins Hold On

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/19/2011 5:39:05 PM
betting on nhl hockey playoffs

With the respective conference finals changing scenes for games three and four, the scenarios are slightly different for the two series’ heading into the Preakness Stakes betting weekend. In the Western conference, the Vancouver Canucks have opened a two-game lead on the San Jose Sharks for a shot at the Stanley Cup, while in the Eastern conference it has become a dog fight for the right to compete for hockey’s ultimate glory. Here is a look at both series’ heading into this weekend.

Vancouver Canucks @ San Jose Sharks

Friday, 9:00 PM ET

The Canucks didn’t only beat San Jose in each of the first two games, they also wore them down with a strong physical presence that left the Sharks tired and frustrated after both games. The opener left Dan Boyle and company complaining about the Canucks’ diving to draw calls, while game two was simply a physical attack that included a four-goal third period to close out the game by a 7-3 final. Roberto Luongo hasn’t been the elite goaltender that everybody thought that Vancouver would need him to be to win the series, but he has stood his ground and gotten a ton of help from the team in front of him. As long as the Sedins and Ryan Kesler can continue to get pucks past Antti Niemi the Canucks will cruise, and the problem for San Jose is that they have actually had the better goaltender so far in the series but just still haven’t gotten the sports betting bonus job done. The Sharks’ lack of depth at their own end has been exploited and Vancouver has pounced to put a stranglehold on the series. Home ice advantage and the second change could alter the complexion of the set and even make it a little closer, but it is unlikely that San Jose will be able to do enough to keep the Canucks from pushing forward. Vancouver learned in the opening round how important it is to put teams under when they are down, and they won’t let the Sharks off easy in this one.

NHL Betting Pick: Vancouver Canucks

Boston Bruins @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday, 1:30 PM ET

The Bruins finally found a way to break through in game two, and now it is about honing in on Tampa Bay and making it happen on a more consistent basis. Boston was able to rough the Lightning for most of the opening frame in game two, and once they got on the board in the second the floodgates opened and the goals came pouring in. Goalie Tim Thomas will need to find his Vezina form for the Bruins to head home off of a sports betting win and with the momentum in the series, but it is not unlikely if Zdeno Chara and company can continue to clear the front of the goal. The Lightning are fortunate to have come this far, but their Cinderella run could begin to close with game four.

NHL Betting Pick: Boston Bruins

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