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  • BookMaker.eu At the onset of the Stanley Cup Final the Boston Bruins were understandable favorites. Boston was deep and powerful with four interchangeable rolling lines. Additionally, the Bruins have vast playoff experience. Most important of all goaltender Tuukka Rask had never looked better. By contrast the St. Louis Blues rose from worst to first in the Western Conference. And while their climb was respected by all they did not have the tradition of success that the Bruins enjoyed. St. Louis was considere... 

  • BookMaker.eu The tables were turned in short order. After the Boston Bruins dominant 4-2 win in game one of the Stanley Cup Final there were considerable questions about the Blues ability to keep pace in the best of seven series. And while there is usually an element of overreaction to any one game of a playoff series it was over the top after Boston’s win in the opener. But in game two it was the Blues that were superior, far more so than the final score indicated. St. Louis scored a 3-2 win in game two as they evened the series and stole home ice advantage from the Bruins. Now the series heads to St. Louis for games three and four. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The “rest versus rust” question in regards to the Boston Bruins and their 11-day break before the start of the Stanley Cup Final was answered, at least in part, on Monday night’s first game. “Rust” showed in the first period as the St. Louis Blues took a 2-0 lead. But midway through the second period “rest” became the answer as the powerful Bruins demonstrated great depth and tactics. Boston’s unleashed the full potential of their attack with a relentless assault as they wore the Blues down en r... 

  • BookMaker.eu On January 3, 2019 the St. Louis Blues were dead last in the NHL with the worst record of all the teams in the circuit. They were pronounced dead and buried. After all, the old adage is that if you are not in playoff position on Thanksgiving weekend you are in big time trouble. Which means dead last at New Years is a death sentence. But be careful of messing with someone that has nothing to lose. Interim head coach Craig Berube was as good as terminated come April. That freed him for the gamble ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Following the San Jose Sharks 4-3 overtime win in game three of the Western Conference Final at St. Louis, many Blues fans believed the curse that has plagued the franchise since 1970 was in full effect. The Sharks game winning goal was in part due to an illegal hand pass that all four on ice officials failed to catch. Adding insult to injury was that the call was not reviewable for instant replay. At that moment the Blues faced a choice. They could whine and cry about the blown call or they cou... 

  • BookMaker.eu The St. Louis Blues had game three of their Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Sharks in hand. St. Louis rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead which they were holding with just over a minute to go. But Logan Couture tied the game at the 18:59 mark to send it into overtime. And that is where all hell broke loose. Erik Karlsson got the highly controversial game winning goal at the 5:23 mark of the extra session. Factoring greatly in Karlsson’s winning goal was an illegal ... 

  • BookMaker.eu “A Bunch of Jerks!” That is the recent label that the upstart Carolina Hurricanes and their fans have embraced. The reason for that name is due to the “Storm Surge” celebrations by the Canes after a regular season home win. These celebrations ranged from the players falling like bowling pins, dunking basketballs, crashing into the boards after a relay race, and even a mock boxing match with Evander Holyfield. To the starched NHL it was a sacrilegious assault on the tradition and etiquette of the... 

  • BookMaker.eu For both the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues the road to the Western Conference Final has been improbable, perilous, but also the ultimate thrill ride for those who had the nerves of steel necessary to watch. While neither team was a preseason favorite the quality of both squads has become apparent. It is no accident that San Jose and St. Louis are in hockey’s final four. They are deep, complete, well coached and have the most important element of all; Good Goaltending. Saturday night the Sh... 

  • BookMaker.eu Gamblers and sports fans could not ask for more when it comes to drama, unpredictability, and high wire acts in the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring. The top four seeds and defending Stanley Cup champion were bounced in the opening round. And it hardly ends there. The San Jose Sharks rallied from a 3-1 deficit in games to upend the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round. Meanwhile the Colorado Avalanche were not expected to make the post season but make it they did. And in the first round they killed off the top seed in the Western Conference, the Calgary Flames, in five games. Now the Avs and Sharks meet for a winner take all game seven. It just keeps getting better in the NHL post season! ... 

  • BookMaker.eu There could not be two teams that could be more opposite than the Columbus Blue Jackets and Boston Bruins. Boston is a classic blue blood old money Original Six team with a grand history and tradition. By contrast Columbus has struggled for two decades as an expansion team that had never won a playoff series until this year. Yet Columbus has gone toe to toe with the Bruins while showing no fear in their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. Perhaps its because they are led by a Bostonian ... 

  • BookMaker.eu In order to win a Stanley Cup championship a team must overcome adversity and setbacks along the way. There will be bad bounces, breaks and officiating mistakes. The championship teams will rise to the occasion with resiliency, determination, and resourcefulness to kill off the karma. The playoff teams that head to the golf links in failure whine, cry, and make excuses about luck not going their way. Such is the fork in the road that the New York Islanders now face. After a tough loss in game tw... 

  • BookMaker.eu At the beginning of the 2018-19 NHL season nobody was calling for the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes to make the playoffs, let alone advance to the second round at the expense of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. But that is exactly what has happened. Both the Islanders with Barry Trotz and the Hurricanes with Rod Brind’Amour were beneficiaries of superior coaching in their first round series. Both mentors got their respective lineups to plays team-first hockey wit... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Boston Bruins went the distance with the Toronto Maple Leafs and used home ice advantage to score a decisive 5-1 in game seven to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinal. Meanwhile the Columbus Blue Jackets have been practicing and scrimmaging in front of large crowds of eager fans thrilled with the franchise’s first ever playoff series win last week over the top seeded Tampa Bay Lighting. Now the immediate question for game one is if Boston can refocus and have enough in the tank after ... 

  • BookMaker.eu “There is nothing like playoff hockey.” That quote has been uttered over and over again the past two weeks and with plenty of good reason. The first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs has been among the most unpredictable and entertaining in recent memory. And one of the best series so far has been between two Original Six teams with storied histories and large fan bases as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will be heading into a seventh and final game on Tuesday night. Toronto ha... 

  • BookMaker.eu The St. Louis Blues pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history as they were written off for dead in November after firing head coach Mike Yeo. The Blues were not only playing poorly but also without fire, desire or much effort. Enter Craig Berube. The man that served as Yeo’s assistant was promoted to interim head coach and, after a sluggish start, lit a fire under the team that saved their season and earned an unexpected playoff berth. On the whole the Blues finished 38-19-6 under ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Calgary Flames may have won the Pacific Division going away but that does not take away from the fact that they had their share of skeptics and detractors. More specifically Flames goaltender Mike Smith has more than a few doubters in regards to his ability to backstop a team to the Stanley Cup. Smith’s save percentage of .898 in the regular season was considered far below par and a sign that Calgary could be had. With sharp shooting power forward Nathan MacKinnon, the Colorado Avalanche cer... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Columbus Blue Jackets stunned the hockey world when they rallied from a 3-0 deficit at the Tampa Bay Lighting to win game one by a score of 4-3. Certainly, a lot of gamblers had what they thought were winning tickets that turned as red as their faces come the end of the game. Now the question is if Tampa Bay can recover from blowing a sure win on their home ice to start the series. One of the big worries heading into the playoffs was that the Lighting had not faced any real significant adver... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Boston Bruins were the far more impressive in the regular season than the Toronto Maple Leafs and also have had the decided advantage in their head to head series. But more than any other sport the NHL Playoffs prove to be both the ultimate reset in which anything can happen. And a Toronto upset of Boston would not rank as one of the biggest of all time. Certainly, the Maple Leafs bring a considerable amount of skill and goal scoring ability. But Boston has what is considered the most import... 

  • BookMaker.eu The playoff series between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins offers one of the starkest contrasts of teams and playing styles of any series on the board. For the Isles they are defense first and always. Head coach Barry Trotz arrived last summer after winning a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals a few days before. Trotz more than made up for the fact that the Isles lost marquee man and superstar John Tavares to free agency and the Toronto Maple Leafs. As for the Penguins they ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights will be having a playoff rematch from last year in which the then first year Vegas expansion team won impressively in six games. San Jose was one of the most impressive teams in the first few months of the regular season but faded badly down the stretch. By contrast the Golden Knights have been solid although not quite as consistently good as last year. Of major concern for the Golden Knights is the lower body issues of goaltender Marc Andre Fleury th... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins met in a spirited seven game series last year in which the Leafs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force a seventh game before Boston put down the hammer in a 7-4 home win to save the series. This year the Leafs started off like gang busters but faded badly down the stretch. By contrast the Bruins got stronger as the season went on and have one of the top goaltending tandems in the NHL with Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Of great concern down the stretch wa... 

  • BookMaker.eu Playoff preparation is on the mind of the best NHL teams that are headed to post season. Among those teams getting ready for a Stanley Cup run are the St. Louis Blues who are hosting the Vancouver Canucks. The inconsistent Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to get playoff sharp and will host the New York Rangers. The Minnesota Wild are at the playoff bound Dallas Stars as Wild coach Bruce Boudreau could be facing the firing squad in a few days. The Vegas Golden Knights are determined to make anothe... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Tampa Bay Lightning will win the Presidents Trophy and have been flashing a Stanley Cup pose all season. The Bolts will face a tune up game at the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Montreal Canadiens simply have no margin for error at the Washington Capitals in a virtual do or die game. The Nashville Predators have been underwhelming at times and will prepare for the playoffs with a home game against the Vancouver Canucks. The Edmonton Oilers are facing an offseason of probable upheaval and will host... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last December when Scott Gordon was named head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers the franchise had reached rock bottom. In fact, the Flyers were written off for dead as they were buried at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. After a slow start upon Gordon’s arrival the Flyers picked up steam and made a strong push to gain one of the two Eastern Conference playoff spots. However, it has all proven to be a case of too little too late. Philadelphia’s lack of blue line depth and lack of s... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Philadelphia Flyers have run out of gas after a spirited attempt for a playoff spot and will be at the upstart and playoff bound Carolina Hurricanes. The Washington Capitals are at the Tampa Bay Lighting in a replay of last year’s Eastern Conference Final that could also serve as a playoff preview for this spring. The Columbus Blue Jackets face a do or die game at the Nashville Predators. And the Anaheim Ducks are at the Edmonton Oilers in a matchup of two teams playing out the string. The Let’s take a look at the best bets for Saturday in the NHL! ... 

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