Wednesday’s NHL Playoffs: Canadiens v Bruins & Ducks v Kings
Game 7: Montreal Canadiens (+158) at Boston Bruins (-174)
EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND – SERIES TIED AT 3-3
Since 1929, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins have met 34 times in the playoffs. Tonight they will play Game 7 for the ninth time. This series has been everything a fan could want out of an Eastern Conference semi-final. Boston has more recent Game 7 experience and it could play a factor tonight. In 2011, the Bruins played in three seven-game series when they won the Stanley Cup.
Both goalies have been phenomenal at times and have also been sub-par. Boston goalie, Tuuka Rask, has given up four goals three times this series, but did get a clutch overtime shutout in Game 4. Montreal’s goalie got a shutout of his own in Game 6, to send this series to its finale tonight. The Bruins are a 1.5 goal favorite (+165) with the spread in this contest. It will be difficult to predict who is going to win tonight, but if Montreal is to pull it out, P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher will have to be huge. Both have been successful on the power play. For the Bruins, Reily Smith and Jarome Iginla will have to lead their team to victory. At the end of the day, the home ice will probably decide it. Home teams are 91-61 in the Game 7’s of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The over/under is five for tonight’s game at +110 and -121 respectively. If you think the teams will come out with stingy defensive performances, the under may be a smart bet.
Game 6: Anaheim Ducks (+125) at Los Angeles Kings (-138)
WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND – DUCKS LEAD SERIES 3-2
Devante Smith-Pelly scored two goals as the Ducks won the series’ fifth game, 4-3. A week ago, the Kings looked unbeatable, riding a five game winning streak into Game 3 of this series. Now, after losing their last three games, the Kings will go home for the summer if they don't win tonight. The Kings will need Marian Gaborik to carry them on his shoulders if L.A. wants to extend this series to a seventh game. Gaborik has eight goals this post-season, including two of them in Game 5. With the spread, the Kings are a 1.5 goal favorite (+210) tonight.
The story for this series, like most NHL playoff series, is the goal-tending. Jonathan Quick was untouchable during the Kings winning streak. He has struggled recently, being benched in Game 4 and giving up four goals in Game 5. Anaheim goalie John Gibson has been making a lot of noise. The 20-year old rookie got the call in Game 4 and has won the last two games for Anaheim. The Ducks could ride this momentum and win tonight, unless Jonathan Quick figures out how to go back to his previous dominance. The over/under for tonight’s game is five goals, -102 and -108 respectively.
* 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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