NHL Stanley Cup Picks: Vancouver Canucks @ Boston Bruins Game 3 Predictions
- Updated: June 5, 2011
The Stanley Cup Finals continue on Monday after a pair of fantastic games in the Great White North. The scene shifts to the TD Garden in Boston on Monday night, where the Boston Bruins will look to take out the Vancouver Canucks for the first time in this series.
The Canucks have done all of the little things right in this series, and they have been rewarded with two wins. Now, they’re halfway to their first Stanley Cup betting triumph in team history in their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1994. Roberto Luongo has been absolutely outstanding over the course of this series, and really since he was pulled in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks. Luongo has allowed just two goals in this series, and he has been arguably as good as any goaltender has been in the Stanley Cup Finals in a number of years. Of course, he has gotten a lot of help from a lot of unknown members of this team. Raffi Torres, who was the only Canuck with prior Stanley Cup Finals experience, scored the game winning goal in Game 1 in that thrilling 1-0 duel. Now, Alexandre Burrows, who arguably should have been suspended for Game 2, is the hero. Burrows scored the overtime winner on Saturday night just 11 ticks into the stanza to give Vancouver the 2-0 series lead.
Whereas Vancouver is doing everything right, Boston is just not quite getting the breaks that it needs, and it hopes that it can get those breaks now that the series has shifted to Beantown. Tim Thomas has only given up four goals, but he just doesn’t really look like the net minder that is going to get the job done in spite of the fact that his statistics are great. Thomas has had three absolutely dominating games since the start of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but aside from that, he just hasn’t looked all that phenomenal. The big time goal scorers for the Bruins just has to step up at some point, and men like David Krejci and Milan Lucic just need to do more, though both did get on the stat sheet in Game 2. Scoring a power play goal would help. The team only has one power play goal in this series, giving it just six for the postseason in total.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Pick: The Bruins really have no choice but to win this game. We tend to believe that they’ll get the job done at least 60 percent of the time in this duel, and we are very confident that they’re not going to end up getting swept when push comes to shove. We’re not saying that the Canucks are going to pull off the choke job of blowing a 2-0 series lead, but we do think that this will become a heck of a series. Go with the Bruins -115 for your NHL free picks for Game 3.
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