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Lightning Bruins Betting Picks – Choices For The First Three Games

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/13/2011 6:06:07 PM
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Sports betting players have been waiting for the Eastern Conference final to start for what seems like ages, but on Saturday, it gets underway in Boston as the Bruins host Tampa Bay. This is the first time that these two have met in the playoffs, and the first half of the series will set the tone. Here is how we think the first three games will go.

Lightning Bruins Betting – Saturday, May 14th, 8:00 PM ET

The Bruins are favored at -145 at home, while the Lightning are +125, and rust could be a factor as Tampa Bay hasn’t played since May 4th, and Boston has been idle since May 6th. The Bruins are 8-2 SU in their last 10 at home against the Lightning, but only 5-4-1 ATS with five games going over the posted total, and there was a push as well. The key for this game for the Bruins will be trying to find someone to make up for the absence of Patrice Bergeron, who will likely miss the entire series with a concussion, something he has battled in the past. 

But you can count on the Boston crowd to power the Bruins through their rust, while the Lightning’s younger players may get some stage fright for at least first half of the game. That’s why the edge goes to Boston here.

Betting Edge: Boston Bruins

Lightning Bruins Betting – Tuesday, May 17th, 8:00 PM ET

Boston should be the NHL betting favorites in Game 2 as well, but this game should be more even from the start as the Lightning shake the rust off, and there will be no nerves. They also would have made some adjustments to counter whatever the Bruins did to fill in for Bergeron, because coach Guy Boucher is one of the best tactics guys in the NHL. He proved that against Washington, and he has a slight edge of Boston counterpart Claude Julien.
You can also bet on a goaltender duel between 37-year-old Tim Thomas of Boston, and 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson, who will struggle in Game 1 with the rust factor, but he’ll step up in Game to lead the way and keep the Lightning in the game. There also has to be a breakout by sniper Steven Stamkos, who will probably get his fill of Boston’s Zdeno Chara throughout the series.

Betting Edge: Tampa Bay Lightning

Bruins  Lightning Betting – Thursday, May 19th, 8:00 PM ET

The series shifts to Tampa Bay on Thursday, and the Lightning should be the favorites at home, where they are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games against Boston. Half of the last 10 games have fallen under the posted total, and there has been an alternating pattern between the games, so if the pattern holds true, take a long look at the under for this game. The Lightning have won three in a row at home after losing Games 3 and 4 to Pittsburgh in the first round, which sparked their 3-1 comeback, while the Bruins are 4-1 SU in their five road games so far in the playoffs.

The Lightning need to get a grip on this series, but the Bruins should get another massive effort from Thomas, the probable Vezina winner, and while the story of Roloson backstopping the Lightning to glory is a great one, Thomas is simply the better goalie and sometimes, that’s all you need. Lean towards Boston in a critical Game 3 in your online betting picks.

Betting Edge: Boston Bruins

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