Boston has opened as a +1400 choice at Sbgglobal to win the Stanley Cup this year after a crushing playoff loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last year.
History was made
The Bruins became the first team since the 1975 Pittsburgh Penguins to blow a 3-0 lead in a Stanley Cup playoff series as they went down to defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers. The year before that the Bruins entered playoff action as the top seed in the Eastern Conference and what was supposed to be a serious run for a Stanley Cup ended with an early round upset loss. The Bruins last won the Stanley Cup all the way back in 1972 with Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Gary Cheevers making the type of history that long suffering Bruins fans are hoping to relive again this year.
Julien is back
Head coach Claude Julien, who has done such a fine job in the regular season, is back for another run at Lord Stanley’s Cup. Another early playoff exit will likely result in a pink slip for Julien.
Boston was one of the worst offensive teams in NHL betting last year as they ranked 30th in the league for scoring. It was not the type of offense that could overcome solid playoff teams such as the Flyers, who won the series based in large part because of their superior quick strike capability. Boston general manager Pete Chiarelli turned a negative into a positive by picking up Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton just a month after the playoff debacle. Horton is considered to be an underachiever with plenty of upside at 25 years old. He scored 57 points last year Chiarelli thinks he is capable of for more.
Seguin is considered to be another potential asset with NHL betting online handicappers as he has a great skill set and big size. Julien will be charged with bringing that out this season.
Tuuka Rask won the starting job at goaltender last year and had a phenomenal save percentage of .931 while scoring 22 NHL betting wins with a 1.97 goals against average. At 23 years of age he is set to be a long time fixture in Beantown.