Montreal Canadiens 2.95 Boston Bruins 2.20
Even the powerhouse Bruins couldn't get to grips with the emotion at a whipped up Bell Centre on Tuesday as the Canadiens once again seized the series lead.
This time they're in a better position to hold onto it and the aura of defiance coming from Montreal in the face of their heavily favoured rivals is there for all to see. Continuing to lead the charge is PK Subban who feeds off that energy to great effect, two points in all three games of the series so far shows it's working and so does the crowd gleefully chanting his name after his goal two days ago.
It's strange to see the Bruins getting caught out on fluid transitional plays when their own attack breaks down, no doubt Claude Julien will be working with his team on closing the gaps and not allowing the Habs to capitalise on fast breakouts. Going in front has only served to lengthen Montreal's odds ever so slightly for this one out to 2.95, even though I'm expecting another Boston response that's too good to pass up.
Los Angeles Kings 2.12 Anaheim Ducks 3.15
You'd struggle to find anyone staying positive for Anaheim on the back of them dropping both home games, they're down to 5.75 to progress now and LA's own experiences in round one as well as their notoriously intense coach should prevent them from slacking off.
Injuries to Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell are stretching the depth of LA's defence but clearly they're nowhere near snapping at this current moment especially when Jonathan Quick's superb form is there to bail them out if needs be. I also can't continue to praise Anze Kopitar enough, the Slovak leads all skaters in playoff points and has at least a goal or assist in all nine games played with odds as short as 1.40 available on that streak to continue.
Typically when the team is struggling to score attention shifts onto the star players and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was stressing the importance of everybody contributing some offence when fingers were being pointed at Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. In the likes of Devante Smith-Pelly, Emerson Etem and Jakub Silfverberg they have a number of talented young wingers available that haven't made much of an impact when that should be an area of advantage over their opponents.
Remember it's six on the bounce for the Kings including their miraculous first round comeback and more than any other club in recent years have excelled at taking real strangleholds on a number of playoff series so don't look beyond them to all but finish it tonight.
Best Bet: Los Angeles Kings at 2.12