NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bruins stop the Bolts? Can Vegas take advantage of home ice?

Bruins get ready for a must-win game four

The Lightning and Bruins face off for a game four tonight at Boston. A do or die game for the Bruins, they need to take this game or they will flirt with going down 3-1 heading back to Tampa with the weight of the world on their shoulds in a must win for the rest of the series. If you are the Bruins you have to be a bit worried, just a tiny bit. The fact Tampa has outshot you two games and outscored you 8-3 in two games is concerning. The worst of it all, Stamkos has one goal and Kucherov has 0 goals and is -3, so these guys have yet to get started. The Lightning are beating the Bruins with Yonni Gourde, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point and a bunch of skilled role players chipping in. The Bruins have relied heavily on their top guns this series as Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak has been involved in at least every goal for Boston this series. The Bruins saw success in the first series vs Jersey due to Bjork, DeBrusk, Heninen, Nash chipping in and doing something. The Bruins will need to see more of that tonight.

The biggest key for Boston is their start though, both games they have allowed Tampa to score the first goal and also outshot them heavily in the first. The Bruins on home ice here need to come out and take the game they know they can play to Tampa immediately from the start. The Bruins are without a very deep team that can have all four lines scoring and also playing a physical game. Therefore, they need to do it and eliminate the Lightning’s time and space. Also, need to get more pucks towards the net for the start.

How do I think this game will go? Well, if the Bruins come to play from the start we see this game going a different way. The Bruins will score first I think a very important first goal a matter of fact one that will help give them momentum for the rest of the game. We will see both power plays playing a big role in this game. definitely a physical game, one of the more physical games this series. Bruins are going to come out on top, they will eliminate the Lightning’s chances early and stay on top of them all game. Bruins 3-2 tonight.

Vegas heading back home

The Golden Knights want to for sure forget about the last game vs San Jose as they lost 4-0 and could not bury the puck if their life depended on it. They did traffic and pepper Jones but the Knights were unable to convert on anything and left them disheartened after the third period. The series is tied and the advantage is in the Knights favor as they head home tied 2-2 with a chance to go up 3-2. Which I think is what most are expecting. Vegas at home is almost a shoe-in, expect they did, in fact, lose to San Jose at home already this series.

The Knights keys are not allowing the Sharks to play their style of game. Meaning the Sharks literally played that quick, fast tempo, depth game against the Knights in game four. The same way the Knights play. Therefore to stop this early, get in their face, slow the game down and take advantage of the Sharks travel day. The Sharks and Knights are very similar they have a ton of guys producing on every night so it is not shutting down one player for either team. But they will need to keep an eye on streaky Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, and Evander Kane. While the Sharks need to watch for Karlsson and his line. A player we have not heard from this series is James Neal and Erik Haula two big-time players for the Knights. I would expect these players to do something productive on the scoresheet tonight. They have a combined three points in four games this series. Another player for the Knights that will need to be somewhat relevant is Tomas Tartar they brought him over for this very reason for depth and to add some playoff experience. Let’s see how that plays out.

How do I think this game will go? I think Vegas takes it. A very close game. One that will not be a blowout. a game that will come down to the wire from start to finish it will be physical, chippy and filled with action. The Sharks and Kngihts will exchange chances for the entire game and be a low scoring game as well. I think we see Vegas win 3-2.

 

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