NHL Playoff Betting Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

by Tyler Vaysman | August 31, 2020 |

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are preparing for Game 5 on Monday evening after a day of rest. The game is set for face-off at 7:00PM ET inside the Toronto bubble and will be televised on NBCSN for those that want to watch.

The Lightning have managed to take a 3-1 series lead after winning the past three games and have their first opportunity to close the series on Monday. It’s been quite the turnaround after dropping Game 1 to the Flyers 3-2.

Now with a lot of comfort room, the Lightning will try to finish off their opponent. While it has been easy for them, especially the past two games, they shouldn’t count the Bruins out. Boston is an extremely tough opponent that can get hot at any moment.

Can the Boston Bruins Keep Their Season Alive?

The Boston Bruins have stumbled the past three games. Game 2 was a back-and-forth game that ended in overtime, but the past two games have just been terrible for them. Aside from only scoring a combined two goals in the past two games, they’ve been allowing goals left and right.

If the Bruins want to keep their season alive, they need to start putting some goals in the back of the net. They’ve averaged 3.24 goals per game this season, but that hasn’t been the case lately. Against a team that can score with the best of them, the Bruins need to produce more.

Will the Tampa Bay Lightning Close the Series?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have come alive the past three games. Especially in the last two, they’ve outscored the Bruins 10-1 and managed to score 7 goals in Game 3. It was an impressive outing and they seem to be firing on all cylinders right now.

Of their 10 goals in the past two games, they’ve had 7 different players score. Ondrej Palat has been hot with three and Alex Killom with two. One thing the Lightning can work on in Game 5 is their faceoffs. They only won 18 of them in Game 4, compared to the Bruins’ 34 faceoffs won.

Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Lines

Who do you think will walk away with a victory in Game 5? BetOnline has the Tampa Bay Lightning (-114) with the 1.5-goal advantage over the Boston Bruins (+103). They also have the over/under listed at 5.5 total goals.

What’s Our Pick?

Don’t expect the Boston Bruins to give up easy in Game 5. They understand what’s at stake and understand they haven’t been playing to expectations recently. It’s win or go home and they’re going to come out with their absolute best.

Personally, I don’t think the Bruins will fold and think they’ll bounce back with a much better game on MOnday compared to the past two. Expect it to still be a close one, but I think Boston takes it with a late surge.

Final Score 4-3, Boston Bruins.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Boston Bruins (+103)

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