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NHL Finals Online Betting – Thomas Leads Bruins To Pivotal Game 3 Victory

Posted by Don Melrose on 6/6/2011 5:22:54 PM
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Some sports betting players are ready to call the Stanley Cup finals over, as Vancouver did their part to win both of their games at home against Boston. The Bruins return home on Monday to take on the Canucks in Game 3, and they’ll need a monster effort from their goaltender. They’ll get it to pull one back in this series.

  • What: NHL Betting
  • When: Monday, June 6th, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
  • Pick: Boston Bruins

Why Bet On Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks managed to pull out a pair of one-goal victories to hold serve at home, and Alex Burrows has been at the heart of everything over the first two games, from notching three goals and an assist, to biting Boston’s Patrice Bergeron on the finger in Game 1. He scored the overtime winner 11 seconds into the extra frame in Game 2, and Burrows has been a one-man wrecking crew. Daniel Sedin has a goal and an assist, and he leads all players with 12 shots over the first two games. Goaltender Roberto Luongo has stopped 64 of the first 66 shots he has faced in the Stanley Cup finals, and he has looked very relaxed, which is essentially the key to Vancouver’s NHL betting chances. The Canucks also got a lift when Manny Malhotra was inserted into the lineup for Game 2 after a couple of months on the sideline due to a terrifying eye injury, and he played 7:26, winning six of the seven faceoffs he took, and he took some time on the penalty kill. Malhotra provides an emotional lift for his teammates, but he also takes some of the faceoff pressure off Ryan Kesler, who was 9-of-20 in the dot in Game 2 after going 13-of-22 in Game 1.

The injury to Dan Hamhuis hurts the defense a little bit, even though Vancouver is countering it with their depth. Andrew Alberts stepped into Hamhuis’ spot in the lineup, while Aaron Rome had to play more minutes. The Canucks can overcome it because of their depth, but the Bruins can attack guys like Rome and Alberts in order to penetrate the Vancouver defense.

Why Bet On Boston Bruins

The Bruins can take pride in the fact that they kept it close in Vancouver, but close doesn’t really count for much in the grand scheme of the Stanley Cup finals. They even managed a power-play goal in Game 2, and their abysmal play with the man advantage was a major discussion point heading into this series. Mark Recchi and Vancouver native Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins in the second game of the series, and Boston have only been outshot by one over the first two games of the series. Tim Thomas has saved 64 of the 67 shots he has faced, and he kept the Bruins in Game 2, when they were outshot 11-5. Boston did manage to match Vancouver’s intensity on the road, and only a couple of breaks separate them from their current predicament and a split of the first two games of the series.

However, that’s all it takes at this point, and the Bruins need some bounces to go their way at home to keep this from getting out of hand. Zdeno Chara needs to become more of an offensive force, although he has his hands full going up against the Sedin twins for most of the game. A lot of Boston’s offense comes from Chara’s massive point blasts, and he has to find a way to get some more pucks on net. Defensively, they’ve managed to play the Canucks well, but they have to figure out some way to slow down Burrows, who has taken this series by the scruff of the neck.

How It Will Play Out

Boston is a -120 favorite at home according to NHL betting odds, while Vancouver comes in at +100 in what the books are thinking will be a close game. This game is massive as the Canucks will be looking to take a 3-0 stranglehold, while Boston will be aiming to get a foothold in the series, so look for both teams to leave it all out on the ice. Boston has won three and lost two of their last five games at home against Vancouver, but last year’s visit to the Garden was the first for the Canucks in four years. The Bruins have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home, with half of those games going over the posted total, while Vancouver is 6-4 on the road in their last 10, with five games going over the total, along with a couple of pushes.

This series is over if the Bruins lose this game, and Thomas is going to pull out one last phenomenal effort in goal in order to save Boston’s hide. The Bruins simply don’t have the talent or depth to hang with Vancouver, and they’ll need Thomas to steal a couple of games to keep this an interesting series. Back Thomas to have a spectacular game on Monday night, and take Boston in your online betting picks.

Canucks Bruins Betting Pick: Boston Bruins -120

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