Saturday’s Game 4 matchup between Tampa Bay and Boston is a challenging game to handicap on paper. While most bettors predicted a close matchup, Tampa Bay ended up blowing the doors off Boston with an emphatic 7-1 victory. Game 4 was originally set to be played a few days earlier but was rescheduled due to a boycott and Boston must rebound here if they’re going to have any hope in getting closer to the Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay has had Boston’s number recently winning 13 of their last 16 matchups and we’re looking for more of the same. Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been at the top of his game stopping 23 of 24 shots taken in game 3 while his counterpart for Boston – Jaroslav Halak struggled, allowing 4 goals on his first 16 shots taken before being replaced halfway through period 2.
On offense, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov was the sparkplug that generated most of the offense on the Lightning with a goal and three assists. Since the NHL picked up again, Kucherov has had 4 goals and 14 points in the eleven games he’s played in. He’s a veteran in the league and we look for him to have a say in Saturday’s outcome. Boston hasn’t really looked like a team worthy of making it very far in the playoffs this year with inconsistent offense and although their defense hasn’t been as bad, the performance Halak just put up is a cause for concern.
That coupled with the fact that the Lightning has won 81% of their last 16 games together makes us feel like Tampa Bay is the likeliest winner of Saturday’s matchup.
28/09/2020 | Football - Premier League
Both Teams To Score (Yes)
1pt Win @ 1.68 Unibet, Betway
27/09/2020 | Horse Racing
1pt Win @ 1.44 Betfair Sportsbook, Paddy Power
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