According to current NHL odds, the Bruins are a home favorite of -200 on the money line with a total of 5.5. In addition, these same NHL betting odds show the puck line as Bruins -1.5 (+155). Boston won all 3-games played between these two clubs a season ago, including shutting out the Lightning in 2 of those 3 contests.
The Big Bad Bruins
The Bruins did go through quite a busy offseason considering they were a team that advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals just 4 months ago. They lost Jaromir Jagr and Nathan Horton via free agency. Both Tyler Seguin and Nick Peverly were traded to Dallas. The latter three players finished in the top 8 in team scoring a season ago. However, they were able to sign veteran free agent Jarome Iginla. Iginla has scored 28 goals or more in 13 of his 16 NHL seasons. They also acquired 28-year old left wing Loui Eriksson in the trade with Dallas. Eriksson has 130 goals, 177 assists, and 307 points in 373 games over the last 5 seasons. The core group of this team remains intact from a team that’s advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2 of the last 3 seasons and won it all in 2011.
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Long Year for the Lightning
The Lightning finished a dismal 14th in the Eastern Conference a season ago. Gone is long time Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier who was bought out and signed with Philadelphia. This is an extremely young team. As a matter of fact, 8 players on this opening night roster spent time in the American Hockey League last season. The Lightning has a pair of star quality forwards in Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis but lack the depth with their forwards to keep opponents from keying on the 2 stars on a nightly basis.
The Bruins are deeper and vastly more talented than tonight’s opponent in all phases. In addition playing at home in their season opener will give the Bruins an even bigger edge than they already possess in this matchup. I am going to lay the 1.5-goals on the puck-line with the Boston Bruins for my sports picks.
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