Lightning vs Bruins Odds, Trends, and Free Pick Game 7 – May 27th, 2011

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Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning (3-3) vs Boston Bruins (3-3)
When: Friday, May 27th, 2011
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Time: 8:05 ET
TV: Versus
Bruins

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Mainstream media might say otherwise, but LeBron James and co. aren’t the only Big Three in Florida this spring. On Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning proved that their own big name trio has the star power to launch the franchise into the NHL Finals.

Heading into the Game 6 match up, the underdog Lightning were charged with the task of fending for their lives in front of a home crowd. Luckily, All-Stars Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier combined for three goals on the night and eight points.

The 5-4 win that ensued was enough to force a deciding Game 7 to be held Friday night in Boston. The winner will go on to play the Vancouver Canucks in the championship round.

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As it stands now, the Lightning are listed at the bottom of the pile with +550 odds of winning the Stanley Cup. The Bruins sit slightly ahead at +325, and both are behind the favored Canucks at -220.

Will the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals even stand a chance? Anything can happen in a best-of-seven series.

Before either club gets too concerned with the championship round, however, they’ll have to focus on getting things done in Game 7. Can the star-powered Bolts steal a win in front of a raucous Boston crowd?

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Here are some trends for tonight’s game:

Lightning are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win.

Lightning are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.

Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.

Bruins are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.

Over is 6-2 in Lightning last 8 vs. Northeast.

Over is 9-3 in Lightning last 12 Conference Finals games.

Over is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 home games.

Over is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 playoff games as a favorite.

Home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Lightning are 16-35-5 in the last 56 meetings.

My Prediction: Dwayne Roloson gets the start in goal for Tampa. He has a 4.35 GAA in this series. The home team has settled into this series by winning the last 3 games. Look for veteran Tim Thomas to be his best and the Bruins will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Bruins -143

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