I like the Blues to close this thing out. The Blues have a huge edge in the crease and that should give them the edge they need to move onto their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1969/70. The Sharks allowed 3.46 gpg on the road for the year overall, which includes allowed 3.38 gpg on the road in the postseason. The Blues have allowed 2.98 gpg at home for the year, but we also note that Jordan Binnington had a 2.02 GAA here at home for the year and he has allowed just 2.38 gpg in his last eight home playoff games. With Binnington at home, the matchup in the crease is not even close. Look for the Blues to move on to the Stanley Cup Finals behind their rookie goalie.60%
The over has hit in the previous three games of the series after six straight head-to-head duels between San Jose and St. Louis that were finished in the under. The Blues lean on their sturdy defense, while the Sharks rely on their powerful offense, so this one could easily go either way, but the Sharks still rank 21st in total defense and the over has hit in 12 of their last 17 games.
I think the Blues come out pissed off and play with a vengeance. I will look for them to get up early. If you have any 1p bets I'd take the blues to be up by the first intermission. Despite the brutal loss last game, they are still a very good team at home and the Sharks have been so-so on the road throughout the year and play offs. I like Binnington to step up in this game against the high-scoring attack of the Sharks, while Jones will have a tough time slowing down a desperate St Louis. Take the Blues in this one.60%
I'm not convinced the Canes get swept here tonight but i surely wouldn't bet against the Bruins. I'm going to put my money on the over here as guns will be blazing tonight for sure.50%
There's blood in the water and the Bruins have dominated this series and have been the best team in the playoffs during this six-game winning streak where they're winning by an average of 2.5 goals during that span. The Carolina Hurricanes have gotten nothing easy offensively in this game and that's with them outshooting the Bruins in two of the three games. I just don't know you would fade the Bruins on the low line at this point.80%
Getting Carolina at only -120 at home is tempting considering how well the Hurricanes have played at home down the stretch and in the postseason so far. Boston has flat out owned the first two games of the series, and have had no issues winning on the road and owning the Hurricanes going back to the regular season. Based on what weve seen in the first two games, I have to side with Boston until they give me a reason to think otherwise.60%
The home team has won each of the last six games between the Blues and Sharks, and those games are being won by an average of 2.5 goals. The Sharks have won five of the last seven meetings overall against the Blues. I have to ride the hot hand and back the Sharks for a 2-0 series lead.
I love Boston at home here. Before the last game the Canes had been playing very well of late. They just trounced the Islanders in the 2nd round, but that is a team without an offense, while the Bruins have averaged 3.21 gpg in the postseason so far and 3.37 gpg at home for the year overall. The Canes have been solid on offense in the postseason, but the Bruins have allowed just 1.80 gpg over their last 10 games and 2.41 gpg at home for the year overall.. On top of that, the home team is 8-2 the last 10 games in this series. Bruins go up 2-0 after this one.60%
The Carolina Hurricanes had their chances in game one but completely fell apart in the third period and continue their struggles against the Bruins. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost 11 of their last 18 games as an underdog and are allowing an average of 3.2 goals per game on the road during these playoffs. The Boston Bruins have been a completely different team in the month of May and are winning by an average of 2.5 goals during this four-game winning streak.80%
Its worth monitoring the line in this one. So far The line movement suggests a play on the Blues, but I will head the other way. The Sharks have been a strong home team all year, the home team has won the last five and the favorite is 4-1 the last five. I see the offense of the Sharks getting the better of the blues in this one. Look for San Jose to squeak by in game one.
Blueshirt Banter: 2019 Men's World Championship: Recapping the Playoff Round Matchups
The playoff round for the 2019 Men's World Championship has concluded, and we finally have our gold medal matchup set between Canada and Finland. After an impressive run by Russia, they were knocked back to the bronze medal game after being shutout by Finland in the semifinal round.
The New York Rangers sent six players to the World Championship, and after the dust has settled, only Alexandar Georgiev and Filip Chytil will have a chance at a medal.<strong>Quarterfinals</strong>
The first matchup of the quarterfinals certainly set the stage with Canada and Switzerland going right down to the wire.
Habs Eyes On The Prize: 2019 NHL Draft prospect profile: Nathan Legare is a goal-scorer
Pure goal-scorers are hard to come by. This is what makes Nathan Legare's value potentially high in this draft. After scoring only 10 goals in the 2017-18 season, Legare's production exploded in his draft year, reaching 45 markers over the full 68 games, and 87 points.
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date of birth: January 11, 2001
Weight: 201 lbs.
Team: Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Legare is on the heavy side. He may only be 6'0'' but plays above 200 pounds.
Fansided: Dallas Stars News: Radek Faksa, Czechs Shift To Bronze Medal Game
Only one Dallas Stars player is still in action at the 2019 IIHF World Championship with just one day remaining. And while Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic may not have a shot at landing a gold medal anymore, there is still a medal in play.
After defeating Germany in the quarterfinals on a dominant 5-1 note, the Czechs fell behind early in the semifinals and couldn't rally against Canada. They ended up falling 5-1 as Mark Stone, Darnell Nurse, Pierre Luc-Dubois, Kyle Turris, and Thomas Chabot all tallied goals for the Canadians to build a 5-0 lead before Tomas Zohorna scored the lone goal for the Czechs.
Denver Post: Chambers: The Stanley Cup might cometh to Colorado this summer -- just not for the Avalanche
There's an excellent chance the Stanley Cup will return to Colorado this summer.
Too many direct or indirect Mile High bloodlines and familiar names are playing in the upcoming Cup Final for Lord Stanley's Cup not to make a visit to the Centennial State in the coming months.
The list begins with Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, who is from Colorado Springs. Carlo, 22, played youth hockey in the Springs before commuting north to Littleton to join the midget triple-A Colorado Thunderbirds. If the Bruins defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Final -- Game 1 is Monday night in Boston -- the Cup will certainly spend a day or two in the Springs.
Cardiac Cane: Carolina Hurricanes: One Successful Season Earns More STM's
What makes a successful sports franchise? Is it on the players to produce results? Is it a mesmerizing game day experience? Or is it maybe a grounded fan base who pour their hearts (and wallets) out in the name of their team to show support? Unsurprisingly, it's a mixture of all of these.
In the 2012-2013 season, the Hurricanes averaged 17,560 in attendance per game. However over the course of the next two seasons, the base began to see no light at the end of the tunnel and attendance plummeted down to 12,204 per contest, good for lowest in the entire league and the lowest in franchise history.
FlamesNation: Czechs lose in semis, will face Russia for bronze at Worlds
The momentum for the Czech Republic came crashing to a halt on Saturday at the 2019 World Hockey Championship. In their semi-final game, they hit a roadblock in the form of Team Canada.
The Czechs lost 5-1 to Canada. They trailed for the entire game, off Canadian goals from Mark Stone, Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turrus and Thomas Chabot. The Czech Republic's Tomas Zohorna scored to break the Canada shutout bid midway through the third.
Calgary Flames forward Michael Frolik was held off the score-sheet. He led the Czechs with six shots on goal and was minus-two.
Boston.com: Bruins notebook: David Krejci misses practice with illness
Bruins center David Krejci was absent from practice Saturday morning, two days after he the team's intrasquad scrimmage.
According to coach Bruce Cassidy, Krejci is battling an illness and is expected to return Sunday. The team is scheduled to practice at 11 a.m.
"I suspect we'll see him [Sunday],'' Cassidy said. "That is the plan. If he's not out there [Sunday], now there's a little bit of a worry there. But right now, I believe he'll be practicing [Sunday].''
Cassidy did not seem overly concerned about Krejci's status and called the absence "precautionary.'' Although the 33-year-old center is missing ice time, most notably with his power-play group, Cassidy said compensating for the physicality is more important than getting him up to speed on strategy.
azcentral.com: Analysis: Arizona Coyotes prospects are young, promising
Here is a comprehensive look at how the top Coyotes prospects -- professional or amateur -- performed during the 2018-19 season and what could be next in their respective developments.Barrett Hayton, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
Vitals: 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, 18 years; center, left shot; 2018 first round (No. 5 overall).
2018-19 stats: 26 goals and 66 points in 39 games (six goals and 16 points in 11 playoff games).
Review: Returning to the Greyhounds after the Coyotes selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, Hayton battled through a charlie horse injury and still managed to exceed his previous year's point total despite playing in almost half as many games.
Fansided: Toronto Maple Leafs Deserve a More Optimistic Fanbase
The Toronto Maple Leafs lost in the first round to the Bruins, and judging from the fans I interact with, the Leafs are going nowhere fast.
The Leafs suck, and are completely on the wrong track. They've screwed up the rebuild and will never win anything.
Oh do we simultaneously have about five of the best players in franchise history on our favorite team? Doesn't matter if they don't do every last thing I think they should do.
The Leafs been eliminated three years in a row in the first round.
Fansided: Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Doing "Due Diligence" On Kevin Hayes
Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher stated his interest in adding a two-way centerman to the team this offseason, and it looks like he's already scouting one of the top names available. Prominent NHL analyst Elliotte Friedman wrote in his 31 Thoughts article on Saturday morning that the Flyers are one of three teams doing their "due diligence" on upcoming Winnipeg Jets Free Agent Kevin Hayes, along with the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks.
I've mentioned my personal desire of Fletcher bringing Hayes to Philadelphia in previous articles and think he'd be a solid candidate from the free agent market to fill the second line center role as long as the price isn't too steep.