The Tampa Bay Lightning have a golden opportunity to close out Boston and rest for their final push to win the Stanley Cup. We bet the Lightning yesterday after the line to today’s game verses Boston was posted. Our first bet was on Tampa Bay -175. We think there is value with the line. We expected TBL -195/-205.
Home ice at this time of year is extremely valuable. Although, last night, home ice failed the Nashville Predators. The Preds were not ready for Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Jets were focused and took the game to Nashville in the 2nd. The defense didn’t seem to show up for the Preds and Rinne got peppered all game. Game 6 should be a lot of fun to watch. Hopefully this series goes seven and these teams will beat the heck out of each other before the next round.
Home ice is a huge advantage for those teams that have learned to thrive on it. Tampa Bay and Vegas have been two teams that have excelled on home ice this season. Granted, the Bolts laid an egg in Game 1 verses Boston. Like we mentioned with Nashville above, the home team has to be primed for the game too.
Our founder worked with the Lightning a while ago(when Phil Esposito was putting together the pieces of the organization). Back then, Espo worked with a Japanese development company to put funding together. Now with Vinik in charge, the organization is financially stable and focused on the greatest trophy in all of sports. This organization has put together an incredible team. The Bolts have a solid goaltender in Vazina Trophy candidate Andrei Vasilevskiy, an All-Star Front line and a solid D. Now add in the recent play of Brayden Point. Plus, we liked the moves they made before the trading deadline. The “Rangers South” looks like a good formula for the Bolts. We expect them to represent the Eastern Conference in June(with a bet on them at 5-1 to hoist the cup).
Why do we like Tampa Bay so much? There are a few reasons other than home ice. The Bolts have found the formula to stifle and frustrate Brad Marchand so much so that the Boston All-Star is using a rile and juvenile tactic to disrupt the opposition. This is an incredibly telling sign of a loser(not the person), but his mental state. The Bruins best offensive weapon has subconsciously shown that the series with Tampa Bay has been lost. After Game 4, we couldn’t wait for the line on today’s game to be posted.
The bet was pressed when the news last night confirmed that Krug will not suit up for this vital game. We love playoff hockey and if there is a will and a way, these guys will skate. His injury was strange and looked uncomfortable for anyone that saw it. It was a bit of a freak accident, but enough to keep Krug out and open a major hole in the Bruins defense.
Expect the Bolts to press the Bruins early and often. At Vegas Sports®, we like betting the moneyline, not the puck line, in hockey. We bet the Bolts on Friday morning at -175, last night at -175 and again this morning at -165 on the moneyline.