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Monday's NHL Playoffs: Bruins v Canadiens & Kings v Ducks

Posted by Don Morris on 5/12/2014 8:41:41 AM

Game 6: Boston Bruins (-126) at Montreal Canadiens (+114)

Reily Smith and Jarome Iginla both scored power play goals as Boston rolled to a 4-2 win in Game 5. Boston looked like the team who was ranked 3rd in scoring in the NHL regular season. The Bruins have also recently picked up their defense. Tuukka Rask has played like a finalist for the Vezina trophy in the last two games. After giving up 11 goals in the first three games of the series, Rask has only allowed two goals in the last two Bruins’ wins. Rask was especially clutch in Game 4 , as he got a shutout in Boston’s overtime win.

Although Montreal has had great series of play from P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher, Boston is the much deeper team. Boston had six players score over 50 points this year and Boston can be an offensive juggernaut when they are clicking. The Bruins displayed this ability in Game 2 when they scored four goals in the third period. These factors have Boston a 1.5 goal favorite (+220) tonight. Boston is not just the favorite to win this series, but is still one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Boston should wrap the series up tonight in Montreal.

Game 5: Los Angeles Kings (+118) at Anaheim Ducks (-130)

This series story line is about risky goalie substitutions. When the Ducks' Jonas Hiller gave up an early goal in Game 3, they made a bold move by replacing him with Frederik Anderson, who only allowed one goal and led the Ducks to a 3-2 victory. In Game 4, Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau went with rookie John Gibson, who got the shutout to tie the series.

On the other side, the Kings' Jonathan Quick was not on his usual self in Game 4, as he gave up two goals in only 11 shots faced. Kings’ coach Daryl Sutter did the unthinkable by benching Quick in favor of Martin Jones who only faced three shots, but did stop all of them.

The Kings are 1.5 goal underdogs (+225) tonight, but odds makers may be under estimating Jonathan Quick. Before Game 4, Quick had won six of his last seven games. Despite being benched, his G.A.A. (Goals Against Average) is 2.00 this series. Expect Quick to bounce back in Game 5 and avenge his poor performance on Saturday. A prop bet of an over/under of five goals scored for the entire game is available. The over is at +102 while the under is at -113. Twice in this series five goals has been scored and twice in this series the goal total was under five.

* Betting lines mentioned in this article are subject to change due to time sensitivity. Please visit the sports betting lines for up to date odds.


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