Friday Night NHL Betting Preview
It’s do or die for the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, as they take on the Boston Bruins on the brink of elimination down 3-0. Boston extended their lead in the series to 3-0 on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win. The Flyers outshot the Bruins 35-19, but Tuukka Rask was stellar in nets and made 34 saves to lead Boston to the win. Philly looks to repeat Detroit's do-or-die Game 4 rout and they are great value at -125 at Bovada today. Blake Wheeler had two points in the win with a goal and an assist, while Miroslav Satan scored his fourth of the post season. Arron Asham scored the Flyers’ lone goal, while Brian Boucher couldn’t make Rask after allowing three goals on 19 shots.
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It wasn’t all good news for the Bruins in Game 3. Injuries struck Boston, as David Krejci and Adam McQuaid both went down. Krecji was on the receiving end of a hard hit by Mike Richards and suffered a dislocated wrist that is expected to keep him out for the rest of the playoffs. McQuaid left Wednesday night’s game with an undisclosed injury and his status for tonight’s game hasn’t been determined. The Flyers already have their own injury problems. Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne have both been out since the first round with foot injures. There is a chance Gagne could return tonight after practicing on Thursday. Only two teams have ever comeback from being down 3-0 in the NHL playoffs. The Maple Leafs way back in 1942 and the Islanders in 1975. With the odds and history against them the Flyers playoff run is likely over. Philly is the favorite in tonight’s game -125 at Bovada. Also on tonight’s NHL schedule is Game 4 between Chicago and Vancouver.
The Blackhawks hold a 2-1 series lead after beating Vancouver 5-2 in Game 3 on Wednesday night. Dustin Byfuglien was a one-man wrecking crew in the win with a hat trick and Jonathan Toews notched three assists. Marian Hossa posted a goal and an assist, while Antti Niemi was strong in nets with 31 saves. Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo allowed five goals on 35 shots. The Blackhawks kept the Sedin twins from beating them for the second game in a row, as they were held pointless on the night. In Chicago’s 4-2 win in Game 2 Henrik had an assist, while Daniel was held off the score sheet. The Canucks are a -145 favorite tonight in what is as close to a must-win game as you can get.