Boston Bruins 1.90 Montreal Canadiens 3.60
Let's face it, a Game 7 is fitting for a series that has provided many thrills and spills.
Montreal weren't to be denied this opportunity to dismiss their great rivals and booked it via a consummate 4-0 win two nights ago. I've said before that adding youth to Boston's blueline strengthens them but it seems now in the big moments they're running the risk of inexperience being their downfall.
Long term injuries to Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg forced a quickening of the process and have the Canadiens ever punished them when youthfulness has led to mistakes. Kevan Miller was the offender on Monday just a few minutes into the game providing a gimme for Lars Eller which ended up as the game winner - the Bruins being unable to find any way past a motivated Carey Price in the Montreal net.
A pair from Thomas Vanek cemented his importance with the Austrian's nose for the net leading him to the right spots at the right time, a second playoff goal for Max Pacioretty was also a big boost when you need your stars at full tilt for a do-or-die contest. Normally I wouldn't question Boston's ability to provide their best on the big occasion however you have to say on the evidence of this series they are rattled and might just be doubting themselves a little bit while the Habs continue to play with freedom. Either the tie or Montreal overtime victory at 3.85 and 2.60 respectively are the obvious plays here.
Los Angeles Kings 2.20 Anaheim Ducks 3.00
One way traffic out in California now as the Ducks have flown to three straight and shed a terrible start to the series in the process.
Their latest success was a 4-3 win on Monday putting them 3-2 up and providing the chance to make their first conference final since winning the Cup in 2007. A disastrous ten minutes to start the second for LA proved too much to recover from when their offence is misfiring. Again they dominated possession but only Marian Gaborik provided them with anything to cheer in the goal column.
It was a tough regular season for Kings captain Dustin Brown in posting his lowest ever points total and for a previously key contributor the playoffs haven't seen a marked improvement, compare that to his opposite number Ryan Getzlaf who leads his team in scoring. For the second time in a row rookie John Gibson managed to outplay Jonathan Quick who he was probably idolising as the USA's top goaltender at the Olympics only a few months ago.
Early on in Games 1 and 2 it was Anaheim who felt the need to impose themselves physically without it paying off, now the tables of turned and it's LA ending up with more hits despite the overly forceful approach not necessarily doing them any favours. Three wins on the bounce could easily before four as the Kings haven't convinced at home, considering that and the clear momentum value is with Anaheim to complete a stunning turnaround.
Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks to win at 3.00