Wednesday NHL Betting Preview
Down 2-0 to the Bruins the Flyers need a win tonight as the series moves to Philadelphia for Game 3.
Boston took a 2-0 series lead on Monday night after edging the Flyers 3-2. Milan Lucic netted his first of the postseason late in the third period to give the Bruins the win. Miroslav Satan scored his fourth of the playoffs and added an assist, while Johnny Boychuk also found the back of the net for Boston. Tuukka Rask took care of the rest with a 24-save performance in nets.
Philadelphia received goals from Mike Richards and Danny Briere, and Ville Leino recorded a pair of assists. Briere also had an assist and now has four points in the series and nine points in his last four games in the playoffs.
With the series moving to Philly the Flyers are a -155 favorite at Bovada in tonight’s game. Philadelphia played the Bruins at home only once this season and got hammered 5-1. Overall, including the first two playoff games, the Flyers are 0-4 against the Bruins this season, having been outscored 15-8.
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Also on the docket tonight the Blackhawks and Canucks meet up in Game 3 of their series in Vancouver.
The series is all tied up at 1-1 after they split the first two games in Chicago. In Game 2 on Monday night Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but it was all Chicago afterward, as the Blackhawks netted four unanswered goals (including three in the third) to win 4-2.
Brent Seabrook had a three-point night on the blue line for Chicago with a goal and two assists, and Kris Versteeg notched a goal and a helper. Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp also scored, and Sharp’s goal was a pivotal as it came shorthanded and tied the game 2-2.
Mason Raymond scored for Vancouver in the loss and Mikael Samuelsson scored his eighth goal of the postseason to tie him with Mike Cammalleri for second most in the playoffs.
After a rough series opener in which he allowed five goals on 25 shots Antti Niemi rebounded with a stronger showing in Game 2 with 24 saves. His counterpart Roberto Luongo allowed three goals on 33 shots in the loss.
The Canucks were 1-1 at home versus the Blackhawks this season, but trounced them 5-1 the last time they clashed at GM Place in January. Vancouver is a -150 favorite in tonight’s game.