NHL Betting: Back the Boston Bruins to clip Detroit's Red Wings


Boston Bruins - Detroit Red Wings

After winning both road games in Motor City I think the Bruins have broken the back of Detroit's challenge.

With only four goals across the four games the Red Wings have suffered from an inability to break down Boston's defence and create quality scoring chances, and when they have managed to get a good look Tuukka Rask has stood tall. Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic have come to the fore in the last two contests by being aggressive around the net, Detroit's own key power forward Johan Franzen has mostly been a non-factor and "The Mule" needs to make his presence felt.

Other contributions from the younger members of the Bruins' blueline have also been major difference-makers and a lack of pressure placed upon them by Detroit's forwards has freed them up to be just that, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton each have three points but the added dynamism is just as significant.

When the Red Wings took Game One 1-0 at TD Garden it required goalie Jimmy Howard to produce perhaps the performance of his career to date, and at 4.25 it's extremely tempting to back a desperate effort to keep them alive.

Really though I can't see any other outcome than the series ending tonight with a Boston victory at 1.72.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins - Columbus Blue Jackets

Those pesky Blue Jackets won't go quietly as they once again tied the series on Wednesday, seeing as each game has ended 4-3 it would be apt for the series to end like that by going to Game 7.

Incredibly the Pens managed to blow a 3-0 lead on the night last time around rather than the 3-1 advantage that both teams had been guilty of losing in the three prior contests. Nick Foligno netted the overtime clincher that in all honesty shouldn't have gotten past Marc-Andre Fleury and claimed afterwards to have told his teammates he'd do just that before the sudden death period began.

That's indicative of the kind of belief Columbus are bringing to their play probably for the first time in franchise history. Controlling the tempo once in front is proving hard for both teams because neither defence has a handle on the other's offence once they build up some momentum and increase the energy, but the unpredictability is fun to watch if nothing else.

As the results show clearly Pittsburgh aren't deserving of being such heavy favourites at 1.82, so backing the tie for 4.05 or Columbus including overtime at 2.70 are better value options.

Best Bet: Boston Bruins to win in regulation at 1.72.