Sharks vs Blackhawks Game 3
Tonight the Sharks could really use a win after dropping the first two games of the series at home and they are the underdogs tonight against a Blackhawks team that was solid at home this season.
San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks
Bovada has a moneyline for this game with the Blackhawks posted as the favorite at -150 with the Sharks at +130 with a goal total of 5.5.
Chicago leads this best of 7 Western Conference finals series 2-0.
Chicago has been winning with their solid defense and good goalie play, as they have only allowed the dynamic offense of San Jose to score three goals in the first two games of the series.
Blackhawks G Antti Niemi has been solid in the series and if he plays tonight like he did in San Jose Chicago will win this game and only be one game away from the Stanley Cup finals.
The Sharks were sloppy with the puck with 20 giveaways in Game 2 and they cannot afford to let that happen again.
Patrick Marleau scored two goals for the Sharks in Game 2, but they were the only 2 goals for San Jose and he will need help on offense tonight.
If San Jose’s offense continues to struggle then G Evgeni Nabokov will have to play better than he did in Game 2 when he gave up four goals.
The Blackhawks may actually be sorry they are at home, as they have won seven straight playoff games on the road.
San Jose cannot let the Blackhawks jump out to an early lead like they did in Game 2, as Chicago led 3-0 before San Jose scored a goal.
Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens
The Flyers lead this best of 7 series 2-1.
At time of writing Bovada does not have a moneyline for this game, but check back soon since they always have the earliest posted lines.
It looked as if Montreal’s Cinderella ride was pretty much over after getting killed in the first two games in Philadelphia, but they came back strong and won Game 3 at home 5-1.
The Flyers scored nine goals in the first two games at home, but only scored one in Montreal in Game 3. They will have to find a way to score on Jaroslav Halak.