Montreal Canadiens - Boston Bruins
Still there are no confirmed participants in either of the Conference Finals and today it's the turn of the Bruins to try to clinch a final four berth.
In Saturday's critical Game 5 Boston got their noses in front midway through the first and never looked like relinquishing it, now they have their first lead of the series and will want another quick strike to nullify the inevitable emotion inside Bell Centre.
Getting that inital goal was Swede Carl Soderberg and his third line has come to the fore in the last two victories for the Bruins, along with wingers Loui Eriksson and Matt Fraser they're confident and exploiting favourable matchups compared to the top two units.
The Canadiens need a bit of spark from their forwards rather than it all coming from their blueline, unfortunately for them although Alex Galchenyuk has been back skating he seems highly unlikely to feature in this matchup.
I've been pitching Montreal all series and with their long odds two out of five has paid off, I think now Boston have broken the back of their challenge and reckon we will witness a conclusion tonight.
Anaheim Ducks - Los Angeles Kings
Rookie goalie John Gibson only played his first three NHL games this regular season but Bruce Boudreau saw fit to throw the 20-year-old into Game 4, despite the fact relative veteran Jonas Hiller hasn't let his team down in this series. Anaheim's coach was rewarded for his bold decision with an incredible 2-0 shutout victory.
Anaheim had 11 shots on net through the first period, got the goals they needed primarily through Getzlaf and Perry, then amassed a total of three more efforts on goal in the remaining 40 minutes. No wonder Gibson was named first star for his efforts, generally speaking no goalie prospect is rated higher than the American due to his rise through the national developmental program and junior hockey.
Normally after a loss you see the losing team publically chastising their own effort levels, but really the Kings didn't do a lot wrong except try to force the issue too hastily at times in chasing the game.
For me the Ducks didn't do that good a job of protecting their goalie either and LA managed to establish plenty of in tight chances that would not go in.
Should you believe in another Gibson steal under 1.5 total goals for the away side is available for 2.90.
I thought they would be in complete charge by now, but also at 2.90 stick with the Kings to get a change of luck and maintain the run of road wins in this matchup.
Best Bet: Boston Bruins to win at 2.25.