Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Game 7 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Predictions
And it all comes down to this… The Vancouver Canucks are waiting patiently for the winner of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in NHL betting action. The Canucks will be taking on either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Boston Bruins. The puck drops at the TD Garden at 8:00 ET on Friday night.
The Bruins have to get their acts together and figure out how to slow down the Tampa Bay offense to win this most pivotal game of the season. The Lightning have just scored goals in slews of bunches over the course of this series, though there have been games when Boston has just totally shut down the offensive attack. Getting off to a faster start would help quite a bit, as Tampa Bay has been the team that has jumped on the board first in each of the last two games. It has also done so within 70 seconds in both outings. Offensively, David Krejci has been absolutely phenomenal. He had a hat trick on Wednesday night, and he was clearly one of the top stars of the game. The rest of the team though, has almost been MIA in effect. Sure, Milan Lucic had a goal and an assist in Game 6, but he only has one goal and three assists in this series. Tim Thomas has also been wildly inconsistent, something that we don’t really like to see out of a man that is going to be the Vezina Trophy winner. His disgust was apparent after allowing the third goal of the game in the second period, as he slammed his stick down on the ice.
Basically everything is going Tampa Bay’s way in terms of NHL trends in this series. The Lightning are the only team in the history of the league to have an undefeated mark in Game 7s with at least three games played. On top of that, Dwayne Roloson has never lost a game in which his team has been facing elimination at 7-0… Of course, he hasn’t ever won a Stanley Cup either. The special teams for the Bolts have been absolutely remarkable over the course of this series. The team scored three power play goals on four opportunities and stopped the first four penalty kills that it had to face as well. Martin St. Louis has become the league leader in scoring for the postseason with 20 total points, and he became the first man on the team to log double digits in goals on the postseason as well. Teddy Purcell has been a man on a mission in this series. He has five goals and an assist to show for his work in the Eastern Conference Finals, which is clearly the best stretch of form in his entire career. The question is whether Sean Bergenheim, who has also had the postseason of his life, will be in the lineup when the puck drops on Wednesday. He is second on the team with nine goals in the playoffs, but he missed Game 6 with an undisclosed injury.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins Pick: We have to think that this is basically a 50/50 proposition right now. We could see either of these teams winning this game, and we could see either one ending up with the Stanley Cup when it’s all said and done. However, on this night, we’re going to go with the Lightning +135 to take the Eastern Conference title for the second time in their history.