NHL Picks: Maple Leafs vs. Bruins Game 5

Mike Richardson

Friday, May 10, 2013 2:55 PM GMT

The Stanley Cup is the competition of competitions, and your Humble Handicapper couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of winning money when the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in game 5.


At time of press, the Bruins are +750 to win the Stanley Cup, while Toronto are +10,000. The Leafs are +1200 to make the next round, while the Bruins are -1900.  After 4 games, the side from Boston are 3-1 up, Considering that the last 4 matches have all seen more than 5 goals, you would be well-advised to back this game going over 4.5 goals, which is available from -240, while going under 4.5 goals is at +170.

However, if you are feeling cautious, definitely bet on the game going under, as Boston’s keeper Tuukka Rask looks to be more than up for the challenge.  He turned aside 45 out of 47 shots during Monday night’s 5-2 win over Toronto. “He played huge for us”, said Bruins’ winger Milan Lucic who recorded a very tidy three assists in that victory. That winger was also instrumental in gifting Boston the 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Quarter Final.

When you might like to know is that the shortest correct score NHL odds are on 2-2 at +900, closely followed by 3-3 at +1300, and, your Humble Handicapper wouldn’t begrudge you betting on that but I'm a lot more tempted by the odds on 3-2 to either side, which are around the +1400 mark.  But partly out of friendship, and partly out of form, I don’t think I could back Toronto, as I think Boston have the bit between their teeth and will take this game and the Series.

If you want to go a little bit crazy, and fancy a big return on your money, then back Toronto winning 5-2 or 5-3, which are both offered up at +2500, but again don’t come crying to me when the Bookmaker takes all YOUR money off you.

[gameodds]7/228298/43-349-227/us[/gameodds]

When sides like this meet, especially when the result is a foregone conclusion, I personally like to back a period to be the busiest: the sportsbooks think that it’s more likely to be a tie between all three periods, and offer that up at +206.  However, they have the second period being the busiest at +140, the third period being the busiest at +150, but I have a very sneaky suspicion that this game is going to start hot. So I'm putting a couple of Mrs Richardson’s dollars on the first period being the busiest, at +225 for your NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Boston win 4-2 at +1400 with William Hill