NHL Stanley Cup Preview & Game #1 Selection

The puck drops on the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night at 8:05 PM ET from Vancouver. The Canucks are coming off a fairly easy 4-1 series victory over the Sharks while the Bruins defeated the Lightning in a hard fought 7 game series.

Odds to Win the Stanley Cup (Courtesy of www.bodog.ca):

Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup = 2.70 or +170

Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup = 1.50 or -200

2011 Stanley Cup Preview:

Offence

The Canucks started out slowly (especially the Sedin’s) but looked on top of their game vs. the Sharks. The Sedin’s combined for a total of 18 points in the Conference Finals while Kesler has 14 points in his last 11 playoff games. The Bruins top offensive weapons (Bergeron, Krejci, Horton) have been okay but the offence as a whole has been inconsistent at best, especially on the power play.

Advantage: Vancouver

Defence

We all know that Chara is a force on the Bruins blue line but after that there is a big drop off. As for the Canucks they don’t have the big powerhouse defenceman like Chara but what they do have is a lot of depth of solid defenceman which will be much healthier for the start of the NHL Finals.

Advantage: Call it a push

Goaltending

For the Bruins Tim Thomas has looked great one night and then horrible the next. He has had a lot more good games than bad ones and the Bruins will need him to be at the top of his game to make this a close series. Luongo started out slowly in the playoffs (he didn’t even get the start in game #6 vs. the Blackhawks) but has been getting better and better each and every game and is coming off a solid series over the Sharks.

Advantage: Too close to call

Special Teams

The penalty killing for both teams has been good with each team killing off just about 80% of their penalties. However, when it comes to the power play their is a big discrepancy. The Bruins power play has been non-existent going just 5 for 61 (8.2%) in the playoffs. As for the Canucks well their power play has been very good just as it was in the regular season. In the playoffs the Canucks power play is 17 for 60 (28.5%). If these trends continue in the Stanley Cup Finals the Boston Bruins have no chance.

Advantage: Vancouver

Prediction

The Canucks power play will be too much for the Bruins. The Bruins will try and bully the Canucks with their physicality but San Jose had little success with these tactics vs. the Canucks (just ask Ben Eager). Plus, the Canucks have had a week off between series’ which may hurt them early in game #1 but should be a big benefit down the stretch of the Cup Finals.

We’ll take the Canucks to take this series in 5 games!

Vancouver to win the series 4-1 is paying 4.10 at 5 Dimes Sportsbook.

Stanley Cup Finals Game #1 Selection

Stanley Cup Finals game #1 Odds (Courtesy of 5 Dimes Sportsbook).

Boston Bruins to win game #1 pays 2.70 or +170

Vancouver Canucks to win game #1 pays 1.50 or -200

Boston Bruins +0.5 puck in regulation time pays 1.94 or -106

Vancouver Canucks -0.5 puck in regulation time pays 1.88 or -114

Game #1 to go to Overtime pays 4.00 or +300

These are just a few of the odds available for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals at 5 Dimes Sportsbook.

Selection

We like the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup however we do feel like they may come out a bit flat in game #1. Don’t forget, the Canucks have not played in over a week which may prove beneficial down the stretch of a hard fought series but not so much early in game #1. Therefore we are going to take the Boston Bruins to Win the 1st Period of game #1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins have been a great road team all season and we like them to get off to a quick start in game #1. We feel there is a good chance the Bruins jump out to an early lead therefore our selection for game #1 is:

Boston Bruins (money line) to win the 1st period for 2.40 or +140 at 5 Dimes Sportsbook.

***If the score is tied after the 1st period this wager is graded a push and all wagers are returned.***

Taking the Bruins to Win the 1ST PERIOD @ +140

(Offered at 5 Dimes Sportsbook)

Risking 71.43 to win 100.00

Proline doesn’t even offer 1st Period Betting.

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