A great winning night yesterday. We tipped over 4.5 in the game and both teams duly delivered in a thrilling 3-2 classic – best game of the series by far. We also tipped a goal before 9:30 and it took just 3 minutes and 28 seconds for the LA Kings to get off the mark and win us the bet, making it 2-0 on the night.
Blackhawks now have a 3-1 lead and have switched positions from last time where they had to come from 3-1 behind. Back in Chicago, we expect the Hawks to wrap things up in Game 5.
And then there’s tonight.
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Pittsburgh go to Boston for Game 4, 3-0 down. They played some amazing hockey in Game 3 – and lost 2-1 in double overtime.
We can’t tip a winner in this game because it’s too tricky. I mean would you bet against the Penguins winning the series? Even 3-0 down and after Game 3 we can’t count them out. It’s the Pittsburgh freaking Penguins. Yet on the evidence of the last 3 games it doesn’t look good.
We’re going to play this one safe tonight:
Goal Before 9:30: Yes
Odds on this one are 1.76 which is surprisingly high. It took just 1:42 seconds for the Bruins to score in Game 3, 28 seconds in game 2, and 8 minutes and 23 seconds in game 1.
All 3 games in this series have had a goal before 9:30, and we don’t see this one being very different.
Penguins are going to start off here balls to the wall – or pucks to the truck, if you prefer. Crosby and Malkin KNOW they need to do the business tonight. Boston meanwhile have made it an art form or finding the hole early and scoring.
This is going to be an incredibly fast-paced game right from the beginning.