NHL Odds: Stanley Cup Game 5
After dominating the last two games of the Stanley Cup final at home can the Boston Bruins keep it going when the series returns to Vancouver for Game 5 on Friday night?
Oddsmakers don't seem to think so, making them a big road underdog, even as Tim Thomas sparkles and Roberto Luongo struggles. [ Matchup Details ]
In Game 4 on Wednesday night the Bruins tied the series 2-2 with a 4-0 win as a -125 home favorite. Rich Peverley replaced the injured Nathan Horton on the Bruins' top line and had an immediate impact with two goals in the win. Michael Ryder scored to register his fourth point of the series, and Brad Marchand also tallied in the win. [ More Game 5 Previews ]
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Tim Thomas continued to be a rock in nets for Boston with 38 saves to post the shutout. In the Bruins' two wins in the series Thomas has allowed only one goal on 79 shots.
While Thomas has been a wall for Boston Roberto Luongo has been falling apart for the Canucks. After getting beat by the Bruins four times in Game 4 Luongo has allowed 12 goals on 58 shots in the last two games. Luongo finished Game 4 on the bench after getting the hook in favor of backup Cory Schneider.
Luongo hasn't been getting much help from his Vancouver teammates lately. The Canucks' offense has dried up in their last two games, especially when it comes to the Sedins. Henrik hasn't recorded a single point in the series so far, while Daniel has only two points, which both came in Game 2.
Ryan Kesler has also been a big disappointment with a single assist in the series opener. [ Fun Green Man Betting Odds - check it out ]
The home team has won every game of this series so far and the Canucks need that trend to continue if they're going to right the ship in Game 5. Including the first two games of the final the Canucks have won five straight at Rogers Arena and they're 9-3 at home during the postseason so far.
Boston has lost their last four games on the road and during their playoff run, they are 5-5 away from home.
With the series heading back to Vancouver the Canucks are a -175 favorite in Game 5 at 5Dimes. The Bruins are a +155 underdog. The series futures at 5Dimes have gone through a big change after Boston's Game 4 win. Before tying up the series the Bruins were a +280 underdog to take the Cup; now at 5Dimes they're a +155 underdog.
Vancouver has fallen from a -340 series favorite before Game 4 to their current standing on the 5Dimes NHL futures at -175.