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Boston Bruins Betting - Bruins Are Ready For First Stanley Cup Since 1972

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/30/2011 5:18:47 PM
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Since their Stanley Cup win at the end of the 1971-1972 season, the Boston Bruins have played for the Stanley Cup several times. The most recent trip to the Stanley Cup finals for Boston was in 1989-1990 when they lost to Edmonton Oilers. As the 2011 Belmont betting approaches, the Bruins are preparing for their first shot at the Stanley Cup in 20 years. The NHL hockey scores in these playoffs show an inconsistent Boston team that looks like world beaters one game, and then completely inept the next. A close look at this year’s Bruins team will tell us if the Boston Bruins fans have a reason to be excited this year.


The Bruins are acting like a team sensitive to its surroundings. When the Bruins need to score a lot of goals, they do. When the Bruins can win with one or two goals, then that is what they score. Boston has not really ran up the score on any team in the playoffs so far, and it is doubtful that they will. The Bruins have some decent numbers on offense with David Krejci scoring ten goals and youngster Nathan Horton with eight playoff goals. But Boston does not have that one dominant playoff goal scorer this year. That can work to the Bruins’ advantage because the Vancouver Canucks will never know where the winning goal will come from. But it can also be a problem because the Bruins do not really have that one guy, or that line, they can put on the ice with the confidence that a critical goal can be had.


Every one of the Bruins’ defensemen has a positive plus-minus rating. Captain Zdeno Chara is acting like a leader by posting the highest plus-minus rating at plus 11. But Boston could use just a little more goal production from the defense. In 18 playoff games played in this tournament, the Bruins defense has scored a combined eight goals. The defense needs to get shots through from the point and get into the rush a bit more if they want to beat the Vancouver Canucks. If the Bruins think they can sit back and withstand an offensive charge from Vancouver, then they are setting themselves up for a short Stanley Cup Finals where they watch Vancouver skate away with the prize. The Bruins defense is tough and strong, but now they need to get a little more involved in the play to win it all.


Boston goaltender Tim Thomas seems to be having more problems the closer the Bruins got to the Stanley Cup Finals. He has given up five goals three times in the Eastern Conference Finals, and he will have a hard time living down game four in which the Bruins had a 3-0 lead that Thomas let slip away into a 5-3 loss. But his playoff stats are very good, considering his recent problems. He has a 2.29 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. He came up huge in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals which was a 1-0 win for the Bruins. Thomas is the key for Boston. If he is playing well, the Bruins have a chance.


The Bruins lumbered and pounded their way into the Stanley Cup Finals. While the Lightning offer a similar challenge to the Canucks, the Canucks have the added element of four effective lines to cycle through. The Bruins will need to be on their guard at all times, and Tim Thomas will need to stand on his head to win this Stanley Cup.

Prediction: Bruins in six



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