CAN THE TOP LINE IN HOCKEY GET BACK ON TRACK TONIGHT TO HELP THE BRUINS WIN THIS EXCITING GAME 7?
Well the NHL Playoffs Regular season isn’t really a must watch unless your an avid Hockey nut, as they go to shoot outs to decide a winner, whereas these Playoffs allow no such thing. If it has to go 4 Overtimes, then so be it. And there is nothing more exciting then an NHL Overtime, especially in a Game 7. The way this Series has played out, that scenario may just happen to come to fruition.
In the Playoffs a Hot Goalie can carry a team, but neither of these Goalies tonight has been Hot for the entire Series. It’s been more either fantastic or just brutal. The Bruins and Leafs have a long historic Playoff history. In fact, talking Goalies, the Bruins former stud Netminder Tim Thomas skated off with three big 7th Game wins. Tonight’s Bruins Goalie Tuuka Rusk has played in two Game 7’s, losing both, in 2010 and 2012. He was really bad in Game 5 of this Series, but he played much better, albeit in the Game 6 loss.
The Maple Leafs Goalie Frederic Anderson has been either great or terrible, even getting pulled one game. Surprisingly he came into this Series with the Bruins with a (10-1) record against them. He started poorly, but past few game he’s been outstanding. He’s stopped (9 of last 10) Bruins Power Plays from getting a goal. In Game 6, Boston had numerous nice scoring chances, but he stopped all but 1. For the Leafs to win a Game 7 on the Road, they need the best game of Anderson’s season. The Leafs Defense is average at best, so it will be up to him to keep the team in the game.
Boston has perhaps the Best #1 Line in the NHL, but the past 3 games they are missing in action. Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak are (-16) in the 3 Bruins losses in this Series with the Leafs. Boston led the league in shorthanded Goals this season, so that’s a nice edge in what likely will be a very close game.
Bruins Defenseman Z. Chara will be playing in his 12th overall Game #7. He’s only won 4 of his previous 11, but his presence on the Ice when matched up with Leafs young superstar Matthews has been a huge factor in this Series. When he’s on Ice with Mathews, the Bruins own a (6-1) scoring advantage. With the Bruins owning the “LAST CHANGE” due to having Home Ice advantage, expect to see Chara out there whenever Matthews is on the ice.
“BETTING ODDS FOR TONIGHT’S GAME 7 – LEAFS @ BRUINS (4/25/18)
The Bruins are a pretty solid Favorite in both Vegas and the Offshore Sportsbooks with Offshores releasing the Bruins (-$170) and Vegas a little cheaper at (-$165), with all spots in Vegas and Offshore posting a Total of (5 1/2) goals. The UNDER in the Total goals is heavily shaded at (-$125), with many Sharp bettors expecting a lower scoring game. The old NHL ref adage was NO PENALTIES called in these bigger Playoff games. Less Penalties means usually less scoring, as many games the only goals scored happen on the Power Play.
So far in this Series the Total goals scored has been (6, 10, 6, 4, 7 and 4) with 4 games going “OVER” the posted Total, and 2 games falling “UNDER” it.
The winner will advance to Round 2 to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in Game 1 of that Series.
These Game 7’s are much watch TV, and I expect a faster game then a slow down “take little risk” type of game. Both Goalies at times have looked bad. Both teams surely want to see if they can crack the opposing one early. It all comes down to does the Bruins #1 Line return from the milk carton they’ve been on the last 3 games. I’d fully expect they do return, for the simple reason that although they couldn’t get the puck into the Net in Game 6, they had numerous good scoring chances and likely will tonight again.