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No matter whether you plan on doing some betting on the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Boston Bruins, this preview is sure to point you in the right direction to beat the NHL betting lines in Game 6.

Eastern Conference Finals

Head Coach Guy Boucher is going to probably take a beating in the media over the next 36 hours or so, as he has a critical decision to make going into Game 6. He benched Dwayne Roloson in favor of Mike Smith, who was making his first career start in the playoffs in Game 5, and needless to say, the plan really didn’t work out.

That being said, even though the Lightning didn’t make for successful Stanley Cup picks as +142 underdogs in Beantown, everyone knows that this was a duel that just as easily could have gone the other way if not for the outstanding play of Tim Thomas. For as great as that shutout was that he posted in Game 3, Thomas’ one goal effort in Game 5 was arguably more impressive, especially on the stick save that he made sprawling across the goal on Teddy Purcell on the shot that really should have tied the score at 2-2 in the 3rd period.

Tampa Bay’s defense really did a nice job in Game 5 though, and those who made Stanley Cup picks on it really should have felt alright about that situation. It’s going to be hard to go against the Lightning back on their home ice if they play like that for the full 60 minutes once again, as they were certainly the more physical team and the one that produced more scoring opportunities in the game. Heck, for one of the first times in the playoffs, the Lightning dominated the shots on goal stat, winning the battle 34-20.

Still, with their season hanging in the balance once again, the Bolts will persevere as -120 favorites, and they’re going to be the subject of our Stanley Cup picks on Wednesday night. Boston is lined at +100, while the ‘total’ has been set at 5.5 over +105. Tampa Bay has been as gritty and tenacious a team as there is in the second season, so don’t look for their season to come to a close on home ice come Wednesday night!

<strong>Written by North Shore Sports, Inc.</strong>