Lightning Bruins Game 1 Odds 2011 East Final

May 13, 2011 | by Bryan | posted in Boston Bruins, Eastern Conference, Tampa Bay Lightning, Uncategorized

Season series between the two teams Regular season series:

Tampa Bay vs Boston Odds

Tampa Bay Lightning +130 +1.5(-230)
Boston Bruins -150 -1.5(+190)

The 2011 Eastern Final Preview

Bruins won 3 games and Tampa won one.

November 22,2010: Bruins 1 at Lightning 3
December 2,2010: Lightning 1 at Boston 8
December 28,2010: Bruins 4 at Lightning 3
March 3,2011: Lightning 1 at Bruins 2

Now for the matchups.

Up front:
For Tampa Bay, Simon Gagne is expected back after missing the final three games of the Washington series after hitting his head on the ice in Game 1. What’s interesting is 18 players on Tamp have a point, 14 with goals. They have some very gifted forwards. Bostons power play is a 3 for 27. I give the slight nod offensively to Tampa.

Defensively: Tampa has played well defensively, but the opposing defense led by Chara is better. Also Pavel Kubina is out for the Lightning

Goaltending: I really like the way Roloson has played and his comments below only put more pressure on Tim Thomas.

“His numbers don’t lie, he is a great goalie,” Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson said of Thomas. “He’s the reason the Bruins are where they are. He’s one of those guys that will never quit on a puck. For us to beat him, it’s going to be a challenge.”

Take Tampa on the money line on this one. I know Boston has been playing well but I think Tampa will surprise us in game 1 and beat the oddsmakers

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