It will be the Boston Bruins hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first game of a best-of-seven series. The Bruins are -150 favorites in hockey betting for Game 1.
NHL playoffs odds on this series are tight since the Bruins are the #3 seed in the East while the Lightning are the #5 seed. Each team is coming off a sweep in the previous round as the Bruins took out the Flyers while Tampa Bay swept away Washington.
The matchup in goal in this series is an interesting one with 41-year old Dwayne Roloson going up against 37-year old Tim Thomas. Both goalies have been outstanding in the playoffs.
Thomas had a .953 save percentage against the Flyers and Roloson was not far behind in the series against the Capitals. Each goaltender should get tested more in this series as each team is very balanced.
Tampa Bay has the better offense as they lead the league in playoff goals with 38. The Bruins do have the home ice edge though and they are a slight hockey betting favorite in this series. Looking at the numbers for Saturday’s Game 1 we find that the Lightning are 6-0 in their last 6 games as an underdog. Tampa Bay is 5-0 in their last 5 road games.
Tampa is the hottest team in the playoffs having won their last seven games as they won the last three against Pittsburgh and then swept Washington. The one negative for Tampa is that they are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. the Northeast Division.
Boston is 4-0 vs. the hockey lines in their last 4 games as a home favorite. The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. They have been very good against the Southeast Division going 45-22 in their last 67 games. The home team in this series is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. Boston is 18-3-4 in the last 25 meetings at home against Tampa Bay.
Looking at the total we find that the Over is 5-1 NHL playoffs odds in Tampa’s last 6 Conference Finals games. The Over is 9-3-2 in Tampa’s last 14 overall. The Over is 4-1 in the Bruins last 5 overall. The Over is 5-2 in the Bruins last 7 games as a favorite against the hockey betting odds.