Monday NHL Playoffs Free Pick
(The Spread) – Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Lightning and Bruins is tonight at 8:00PM ET. Who has the edge?
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Bruins –150 money line favorites over the Lightning, who are +138 on the ML. The over/under total for this game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first period on Saturday night, the Lightning scored five unanswered goals over the last two periods to take Game 4, 5-3. Teddy Purcell led the scoring for Tampa Bay by notching two goals, while Sean Bergenheim, Simon Gagne and Martin St. Louis all found the back of the net one piece.
The star of the game was goaltender Mike Smith, who replaced Dwayne Roloson after the latter gave up three goals in his first six shot attempts. Smith came into the game and saved all 21 of the shots he faced to help the Lightning tie this best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
NHL Free Pick: Take the Lightning, who are 6-1 in their last seven road games and are 7-1 in their last eight games as an underdog according to latest NHL trends. Tampa Bay is also 9-2 in its last 11 games overall, 9-2 in its last 11 versus the Eastern Conference and 8-2 in its last 10 contests on Monday night. I look for Sean Bergenheim (who leads the NHL in goals this postseason with nine) to continue his hot play and for the Lightning to return to Tampa Bay in Game 6 needing just one more victory to secure a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
MONDAY NHL FREE PICK: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING +138