NHL betting

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins

The Bruins look to keep their season alive on home ice while the Blackhawks look to clinch the Stanley Cup title with a road win at the Garden. The Bruins are -126 favorites over the Blackhawks with an over/under goal total set at 4.5. The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in familiar territory up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals heading to the road as this was the same scenario a few seasons ago when they won their last Stanley Cup on the road in Philadelphia. The Blackhawks have won back to back contests and taken the series lead away from the Bruins who could be in tough as the status of Patrice Bergeron is up in the air after he left game five in an ambulance. After a game four victory in which they Hawks put six goals past Tuukka Rask they got back to form in game five with Read More

Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Stanley Cup Finals head back to the Windy City with the series knotted at 2-2. The Blackhawks are -150 favorites over the Bruins with an over/under goal total set at 5. In a series that appears to be destined for seven games, Chicago tied the series 6-5 in overtime Wednesday to prevent Boston from taking a commanding 3-1 lead. In the highest scoring game of the series thus far, Brent Seabrook sent the Boston fans home with a grimace when he sent the game winner past Tuuka Rask with under ten minutes elapsed in theextra session. In a series that was dominated by defense and brillient goal tending at times, this one was an old fashioned shootout with the Blackhawks blitzing Rask with 47 shots, while the Bruins sent 33 shots at Corey Crawford. The vaunted penalty kill of the Bruins was finally beaten by Patrick Sharp, while Marcus Read More

Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Bruins and Blackhawks meet in Game 3 on Monday night. The Bruins are -126 favorites over the Blackhawks with an over/under goal total set at 5. It was another game where nothing came easy for either side but you’d have to imagine that Corey Crawford would like that last shot back. Crawford was beaten from the top of the slot on a shot from Daniel Paille that lifted the Bruins to a 2-1 victory and evened this best-of-seven series at a game apiece. Chris Kelly’s first goal of the playoffs came in the second period and evened the score at 1-1 after Patrick Sharp had given Chicago a 1-0 first period lead with his ninth. This game was all about Tuukka Rask keeping the Bruins in it after they were absolutely manhandled in the opening period. Chicago outshot Boston 19-4 in the first period and out attempted them 30-5 Read More

Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks look to eliminate the Los Angeles Kings Saturday in game five. The Blackhawks are -173 favorites over the Kings. The Blackhawks took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Kings on a 3-2 victory at the Staples Center. With the win, Chicago improved to 3-4 on the road and handed Los Angeles their first defeat on home ice during the postseason. Marian Hossa netted the winner just 1:10 in to the third period and the Hawks defense stifled the Kings attack which managed a mere two shots on goal over the final 20 minutes. The special teams continued their shutdown play by killing their 54th short handed situation in 56 tries. Patrick Kane also lit the lamp, while Bryan Bickell scored and handed out an assist. Corey Crawford stopped 19 shots to pick up the win and put his team on the brink of the Stanley Cup Read More

Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

The Boston Bruins shoot for the sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins are -124 favorites over the Penguins with an over/under goal total set at 5.5. The Bruins have taken a 3-0 series lead over Pittsburgh thanks to a 2-1, double overtime victory in game three. Patrice Bergeron deflected a shot/pass from Brad Marchand with 4:41 left in the second extra session. The Bruins received a goal from David Krejci and Tuuka Rask stopped an amazing 53 shots to pick up the win. The Bruins are now in the driver’s seat with a huge series lead and have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win at TD Garden on Friday. If so, Boston will move to the finals for the second time in three years when they hoisted the cup two years ago. Boston also swept the Penguins in Read More

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings

The Chicago Blackhawks look for a 3-0 series lead when they travel to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. The Kings are -130 favorites over the Blackhawks with an over/under goal total set at 4.5. Chicago looks like a hockey club that was given new life after rallying from 3-1 down in the second round against the Detroit Red Wings. The first two games of this series against the Kings we’ve seen the Chicago club that we saw throughout most of the year, outworking their opponents and using their speed to their advantage. Andrew Shaw converted just 1:56 into the opening period on Sunday night to put the Blackhawks in front and they would never look back. Brent Seabrook added his second goal of the post season in the final minute of the period, beating Jonathan Quick with one the Kings goalie would like Read More

Montreal Canadians

Losing in the playoffs at the hands of your archrival is always devastating for a team and its fan base. Blowing a 2-0 series lead while heading home to host games three and four pours some salt in the wound. Watching your rival not only come back to defeat you in that series, but go on and win the Stanley Cup? Let’s just say the scenario couldn’t have gotten much worse for the Montreal Canadiens. Despite the tragic end to their season last year, the Canadiens proved that they had the ability to compete with the best teams in the game, and had a couple of bounces gone their way they might have even been the ones hoisting the Cup. The Canadiens come back mostly in tack from last year and as always, the fans in Montreal will be expecting big things. Adding to their forward group in the offseason Read More

Carolina Hurricanes

Last season came down to 60 minutes of hockey for the Carolina Hurricanes. Eighty-one games had been previously played, and all that remained was one matchup with the rival Tampa Bay Lightning. Winning would mean the Hurricanes were in the playoffs, losing would mean they were going home. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, they trailed 3-0 just 13 minutes into the opening period. Carolina managed to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the third period but they couldn’t get any closer, and they watched their season come to a close with destiny in their own hands on home ice. This season the Hurricanes expect nothing short of a playoff spot, and if they earn one in the tightly contested Eastern Conference they will most definitely deserve being there. Captain Eric Staal still leads the way for Carolina, compiling 33 goals and 76 points to lead the Hurricanes offensively. Sophomore Jeff Skinner Read More

Colorado Avalanche

The biggest question facing the Colorado Avalanche heading into the 2011-12 NHL season is whether or not they can keep the puck out of the back of their net. The Avalanche allowed a league high 287 goals last season, 25 more than the next closest team. It’s not even close to being good enough if the Avalanche want to return to the post season or even be slightly competitive in the Western Conference this season. Colorado attempted to address this starting last season when they acquired Erik Johnson from the St. Louis Blues, and their process continued at June’s NHL entry draft. The Avalanche used their first pick on winger Gabriel Landeskog, and then drafted defenseman Duncan Siemens. It remains to be seen whether or not either player will make a difference for this year’s club, but both have a chance to be in the NHL sooner rather than later Read More

Dallas Stars

Heading into the start of the 2011-12 season the Dallas Stars can’t be looking for any one individual to replace the loss of Brad Richards down the middle. Instead the Stars will look for everyone on the roster to contribute a little bit more in order to collectively fill the void. It’s not an easy proposition for a team to lose their star player after missing the post season and expect things to improve. However the situation in Dallas is a little more confusing than it looks on the surface. The uncertain ownership situation didn’t help in the Stars’ ability to retain Richards, and the fact they missed the playoffs is a bit skewed when you consider they finished the season with 95 points. The Stars had a chance on the last day of the season to clinch a playoff berth but their hopes were dashed by a Minnesota club Read More