Swinging Johnson - NHL Record (14-9-1, +17.15 units)
*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.
Cha-Ching, cha-ching, my loyal Swinging Johnsonites. That's the sound of money baby and we have been steamrollin'! Oh sure we dropped Game 1 as the Bruins let a two goal lead evaporate, (along with our money) but we got it right back with a three unit wager on Under 5 in Saturday's double overtime thriller. We are now +17.15 units on the season and have been en fuego in the playoffs.
By the way, props to Loshak who advised a very savvy first period wager on Under 1 ½ (-175) which was a lot of juice to lay but when you win, the vig just doesn't matter my babies. Let's take a look at the NHL odds for Game 3 and come up with another winning NHL picks. Cha-ching cha-ching!
Now Chicago knows what Boston felt like after Game 1. It was a bitter pill for the Blackhawks to swallow particularly after storming out of the gate and dominating the first period so thoroughly. They skated into their locker room with a 1-0 lead and a staggering 19-4 edge in shots. If it were not for the heroics of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the game would have already been won.
But a funny thing happened. Well, not so funny if you're a Blackhawks fan. The Bruins woke up and took control, playing a bruising defensive game and limiting Chicago to only four shots on net and knotting the game at one. Patrick Sharp got the only goal of the game for Chicago and Patrick Kane notched his first point of the series but it was not enough as Corey Crawford kept the Bruins at bay until 13:48 of overtime when Daniel Paille both lit the lamp and turned out the lights at the United Center.
Ask any Bostonian how they feel about the Bruins and chances are better than even money that the words, wicked pissa' will follow. And if it were not for the wicked pissa' play of goaltender Tuukka Rask chances are the Bruins would be in an almost impossible hole.
This is a Bruins team who in 2011 fell behind the heavily favored Vancouver Canucks 2-0 and rallied to claim their first Stanley Cup in almost 40 years. Most of those guys are still on this team and let's not forget this is also the same team that fell behind 4-1 to the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the opening round and scored three goals in the final 10 minutes of play to send the game into overtime where victory was a foregone conclusion.
There is simply no quit in this team and their steely determination was evidenced initially by Gregory Campbell who stayed on his shift even after getting his leg broken by a booming slapshot off the stick of Evgeni Malkin in the Eastern Conference Finals. And yet again Saturday night when Nathan Horton summoned the grit and balls (thanks to Kevin Garnett of the Celtics for that descriptive) to take the ice and contribute 21 minutes.
Corey Crawford is playing great. Tuukka Rask however is channeling the spirits of Kenny Dryden, Patrick Roy and every money goaltender in-between all the way to Tim Thomas ala 2011. I'm not sure the Bruins are equipped to hang and bang offensively with the Blackhawks but I am sure that Tuukka Rask is capable of single-handedly bringing the Cup back to Boston.
I'm not sold on the Under in this game because I believe Chicago may abandon defense and press the zone to create as much pressure as possible. That will do two things. It will create more scoring chances for Chicago as well as open up opportunities for Boston to exploit those defensive lapses. I'm not quite ready to lay -130 on Boston against a potent Blackhawks club. However I will take one of the more unpopular positions and advise a play on Over in Game 3 in our NHL odds.
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