After weeding out 28 other teams, only the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks remaining standing for the right to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup. The two will duke it out starting on Wednesday night in this best of seven series, with the first game coming at Rogers Arena.
The Bruins are decided underdogs in this game, but we aren’t so sure that it is justified that they are this big of pups. They had one of the best offensive units in the league this year, as they were one of the few to average at least three goals per game. This was demonstrated by the fact that Boston was able to stick shot for shot and goal for goal with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, and at the time, there was arguably no team hotter than the Bolts offensively. David Krejci had a great series against Tampa Bay, which included a hat trick in Game 6, while Nathan Horton is coming off of a game in which he struck the winner in Game 7. Both have 17 points in the postseason. And then, of course, there is Tim Thomas, who posted two shutouts in the Eastern Conference Finals, and validated himself as the league’s Vezina Trophy winner. Heck, he might be the Conn Smythe winner as well as the MVP of the playoffs after those two games. He has a GAA at 2.29 coming into the Stanley Cup Finals.
Vancouver had the best team in the league in terms of offense and defense this year, and it is all showing in the playoffs. Really, save for two games against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canucks have played pretty darn good hockey over this whole postseason, which is why they are tremendous favorites on the NHL odds here in the Stanley Cup Finals. Men like Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Ryan Kesler have been absolutely outstanding during this whole postseason. All three have had their lapses, but they all have at least 16 points and are all Conn Smythe candidates as well. Henrik Sedin is the man that we should really watch out for, as he has 19 assists to lead all players in the playoffs. If you take out those two terrible games against Chicago, Roberto Luongo has been an absolute pillar in the posts for the Canucks. He is also a Vezina Trophy finalist, and he, just like Thomas, has a 2.29 GAA and a pair of shutouts to his credit in these playoffs.
Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick: We know that the Bruins aren’t going to win both of these games in the Great White North, but we aren’t so sure that they can’t win at least one of the two. The NHL odds are just fantastic here on the B’s, and we are going to roll with them at least in Game 1, and potentially in Game 2 as well. Go with the Bruins +170 for your Stanley Cup picks in Game 1.
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