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NHL Playoff Tuesday Previews

The Sharks are the favorites tonight at home even though they lost Game 1 at home and they need to win this game or they will be heading to Chicago down 2-0 in this series.

Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks

Bovada has a moneyline for this game and has the Sharks as the favorites posted at -140 with the Blackhawks at +120 with a goal total of 5.5.

The Blackhawks won Game 1 on Sunday 2-1 in a defensive game.

This season the Sharks were 27-6-8 at home and the Blackhawks were 23-14-4 on the road.

In Game 1 San Jose out-shot Chicago 45-40, had five power plays, and controlled the puck for a lot of the game, but could only muster one goal. They had many scoring chances, but came up empty only scoring one time.

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San Jose’s offense has to play well tonight to take the pressure of goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Chicago G Antti Niemi was stellar in Game 1 with 44 saves, which is the third most by a Chicago G in the playoffs in 13 years. He even stopped the Sharks when they had a two-man advantage late in the final period.

San Jose’s Patrick Marleau ranked fourth and Dany Heatley ranked eighth in goals this season and after each was blacked in Game 1 they have to give the Sharks some offense tonight.

Chicago is 6-1 on the road in the playoffs.

This is San Jose’s second trip to the Western Conference finals, but they have yet to win at home in those series’ (0-4).

Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers lead this best of 7 series 1-0.

Bovada has the Flyers as the favorites in Game 2 posted at -155 with the Canadiens at +135 and a goal total of 5.

The Canadiens have scored two huge upsets in their two playoff series’ but the East’s number eight seed has to get over getting thrashed 6-0 in Game 1.

Montreal G Jaroslav Halak is the main reason Montreal has got to the Eastern Conference finals and to say he has to play better than he did in Game 1 is a major understatement. In Game 1 he was pulled after giving up four goals on 14 shots.

Philadelphia G Michael Leighton only made his third playoff start in Game 1 and he was stellar stopping all 28 shots he faced.

Philly may get injured forwards Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere back for tonight’s game, as each skated on Monday in practice.

Montreal has to play much better on both sides of the ice in tonight’s game or they will be heading home north of the border down 2-0 in this series.