Eastern Conference Finals Picks: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Game 2 Predictions
NHL playoffs betting fans have loved this run that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been on. They’ll be looking for win No. 9 in a row on Tuesday night at the TD Garden when they square off with the Boston Bruins for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
It’s amazing to think that it has been nearly a full month since the Lightning have lost a game, and it will have been a full month if they can win this one as well. The offense hasn’t gotten a ton of contributions from Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, and Vincent LeCavalier, and none of the three were able to find the back of the net on Saturday night either. Yet somehow, thanks to some of the unknown heroes like the five no names that scored in Game 1, Tampa Bay has averaged a whopping 4.25 goals per game on this winning streak. Dwayne Roloson has played well, as the Bolts are only conceding 2.0 goals per game in this run, but the truth of the matter is that you don’t need to do a heck of a lot when your offense plays this well. Sean Bergenheim continues to be a man on a mission, and the truth of the matter is that he might be the most unheralded Conn Smythe Trophy candidate that we have seen in years. He netted his eighth goal of the postseason in Game 1, and it really feels like every single one of his goals is huge.
Boston has to sit back and realize that this series isn’t over yet in spite of the fact that it has to feel like it. The problem that it has is that it has never been a team that has been good at holding teams down offensively. Boston allowed a terrible amount of shots during the regular season, over 31 per game in fact, and the only reason that it was able to make it this deep into the playoffs is because of the home ice advantage that it had due to Tim Thomas’ play in the regular season. Thomas is surely to win the Vezina Trophy this year, but this is a totally different ball of wax now that we are in the postseason. Now, to make matters worse, Patrice Bergeron still isn’t likely for Game 2, and the Bruins look like they have already lost their cool after taking a slew of penalties at the end of a blown out Game 1. This team has to keep its composure, or it might be the next subject of a Lightning sweep.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Pick: We know that the Bruins are eventually going to win a game in this series, but there is no way that we can get off of the Tampa Bay bandwagon until it careens into a ditch. The Bolts have actually won eight straight games as underdogs in the playoffs, and there’s no reason to make NHL picks any other way on Tuesday night. Back the Lightning +130.