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NHL Hockey Playoff Betting – Expect Home Teams To Produce Game 5 Victories

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/20/2011 3:35:45 PM
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The amount of possible NHL betting picks one could make next week is likely to offer more options in the Eastern Conference than in the West. Home teams should thrive, though.

NHL Next Week Betting Picks: Game 5 Of East Finals The Only Certain Contest

The sports betting world might be downplaying the prevalence of MLB baseball betting options on the table because it is so focused on the NBA’s two conference finals. However, sneaking under the radar is the pair of NHL conference finals. At press time, only one Game 5 is set for the work week next week, but if one is to examine both of hockey’s semifinal showdowns, it seems that home teams are likely to get the job done.

NHL betting analysts have to be impressed with the backbone shown by the Boston Bruins on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the East finals. In each of the first two games of the series, Tampa Bay scored five goals and made Boston netminder Tim Thomas look far older than his 37 years. Thomas could not control a rebound to save his life, and while he flailed away in the goal mouth, the Lightning – with their quick sticks and agile skating in tight spots – continued to poke the puck in the back of the net. Tampa Bay thoroughly outplayed Boston and generated several terrific chances in the final few minutes of Game 2 on Tuesday evening in Boston. Had the Bolts not entered the period with a yawning 6-3 deficit, they might have won. As it was, Boston scored a 6-5 triumph, but momentum seemed to rest on the Lightning’s side as Game 3 arrived in the state of Florida.

Boston had other ideas. The Bruins were able to retake control of the series by shutting down the Lightning’s offense. Tampa Bay unloaded 31 shots, but few of them were truly threatening. Thomas steered away shots with relative ease, and Boston defensemen were ready to clear the puck whenever it precariously lay in front of the crease. Boston showed that it can clamp down on defense, so when Game 5 of this series is played on Monday night in Beantown, expect the Bruins – whether leading the series three games to one or tied at two games apiece – to get the job done on home ice at TD Garden.

In the West finals, we might not have a game next week. Tonight is Game 3 of the series in San Jose, where the Sharks – trailing the series two games to none – have been thoroughly humiliated to this point in time by the Vancouver Canucks. If San Jose loses tonight, the series might not escape the weekend. As it is, if there is a need for a Game 5 on Tuesday night in Vancouver, the Canucks – who have been transformed by their close-shave escape against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs – should be able to stand tall on home ice. The Canucks’ best players, twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, have come alive against San Jose. They probably won’t stop – or be stopped – in Game 5.

NHL Betting Picks: Boston over Tampa Bay (Game 5 on Monday) and Vancouver over San Jose (Game 5 on Tuesday, if necessary).

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