Opening Moneyline: Lightning +125 / Bruins -145
Total : 5.5(Under-135)
Time : 8PM EST Tuesday May 17, 2011 on CBC
The Tampa Bay Lightning continued their stellar play winning 5-2 over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning have now strung together 8 wins in a row and look to put a strangle hold on this series with a win on the road in Beantown Tuesday night. Tampa Bay scored 3 goals in a little less than 90 seconds in the first period and 41 year old Dwayne Roloson did the rest, stopping 31 of 33 shots.
Both the Lightning and the Bruins came into this series well rested with over a week off after winning their previous series 4 straight. Only Boston looked like they hadn’t shaken off the hangover of sweeping the Flyers.
The Bruins continued to struggle on the power play going 0-4 and managing only 4 shots in Game 1. Boston is a brutal 2 for 41 on the PP in the playoffs so far and now go up against the best team in the post-season against the PP. Tampa Bay have killed off 55 of 58 shorthanded situations.
The Bruins will need to stay out of the box as well, the Lightning went 1-for-3 on the power play in Game 1 and are now 13-for-48 in the playoffs.
Vezina Trophy candidate Tim Thomas’s play in these playoffs has been nothing short of brilliant and is the only real reason they got by Montreal in the first round. Thomas's last Game was his worst effort of the postseason, he let in a very weak goal by defenseman Brett Clark just seconds after Sean Bergenheim opened the scoring. Expect Thomas to bounce back on Tuesday.
The ageless Dwayne Roloson has won his 8 straight tying Jacques Plante’s record for consecutive wins for a netminder over the age of 40. Rollie the Goalie” is 8-3 in the playoffs with a 2.01 goals against average and .940 save percentage.
Upfront the Lightning is by far the more offensively talented team. Their big guns are playing well and they are getting balanced productivity from all of their top 9 forwards making it extremely tough for the opposing team to match lines.
The Bruins are really going to have to step it up on offensive. They’re missing their top centre Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a concussion during Game 4 against Flyers. Bergeron has the most points in the playoffs for the Bruins and is their best faceoff man. Boston will need to get their top line going and stay out of the box or this series will be over in a heartbeat.
Tampa Bay are 7-0 in their last 7 Games as an underdog and 6-0 in L6 on the road.
The Bruins are 6-2 in the playoffs as the favorite and are 36-17 in L53 when their opponent scores 5 or more goals in their last Game.
Our Selection : We do think the Bruins will come up with a better effort in Game 2 but really don’t think it will matter. The Bruins really just don’t matchup well with Tampa Bay. The Lightning have too much fire power and are playing flawlessly in their own end of the rink. Look for the Lightning to keep their winning streak going winning another close road Game. Take Tampa Bay (+138) at 5Dimes and get reduced juice on moneylines and totals!!
Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 5-17
The Boston Bruins need to play much better in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bruins lost the opener 5-2 at home and can ill-afford to fall behind 2-0 to Lightning. Tampa Bay are on quite a roll, winning their last eight in a row in the playoffs. The oddsmaker at Bodog have the Bruins as a -145 favorite to even-up the series.
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