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    From Serbone:

    - "I will go with the Blues Monday, probably small. They lost 6-3 but, the Blues were not out played, out skated, out shot, nor out hit..."
    - "It is hockey, crazy things happen, but the Blues were not outplayed, Binnington played well, and the advantage they had in pressure time is significant."

    Agree completely. Not that I disagree with anything else you wrote, simply these statements stood out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosi View Post
    From Serbone:

    - "I will go with the Blues Monday, probably small. They lost 6-3 but, the Blues were not out played, out skated, out shot, nor out hit..."
    - "It is hockey, crazy things happen, but the Blues were not outplayed, Binnington played well, and the advantage they had in pressure time is significant."

    Agree completely. Not that I disagree with anything else you wrote, simply these statements stood out.

    Good Luck!
    Sharks won, and deserved to win.
    The thing is, if you watched the play without goals it was pretty much even.
    So with what I wrote earlier, plus the Blues bounce-back-after-a-loss-history Iíll go with them Monday, small, maybe even regular.
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    For me, regular play on the Blues tonight...
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    Nothing negative here, just trying to contribute to the forum, think the kid goalie is getting worn out, mentally and physically, all over sj, just my opinion
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    good luck on the blues, im on the over
    that first game was fast paced and good amount of chances for each team.
    hope its 4-3 blues
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    Quote Originally Posted by stale View Post
    Nothing negative here, just trying to contribute to the forum, think the kid goalie is getting worn out, mentally and physically, all over sj, just my opinion
    I see no evidence that the kid (25 yrs old) is faltering. Nor do the hockey people in SL that I am in touch with... do you see anything about him that indicates he is worn out?

    He closed strong against Dallas, 1 goal allowed game #6, .957 save %, 1 goal game #7, .967 save %.

    Many think the first game vs Sharks was very misleading (see above), if you watched each goal (I did), Binnington was not the problem, at all. The hockey people say so, too.

    I am deciding, still, but will probably add on to my ML play or a -1.5 and or -.5 60 minutes, or all three. I am convinced the Blues will bounce back. They need Tarasenko to shoot the puck and quit hesitating, and for the defense to quit with the sloppy passing in their own end. Maybe they will get the breaks this game, too...

    stale, I DO appreciate the feedback, though, TO ME this board is about exchanging information, so it is good to hear from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skins85 View Post
    good luck on the blues, im on the over
    that first game was fast paced and good amount of chances for each team.
    hope its 4-3 blues
    You might be right Berube said he was OK with the fast pace... so maybe it will go up and down again and go over!

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    Gonna be a close one
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    Blues baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by varkeyboy View Post
    Blues baby.
    The Blues are solid, for real, just beat San Jose a top notch, well coached, talented team, in San Jose.

    The dumb NBC broad on the post game show said Binnington "recovered" from the 5 goal game... after the other knowledgeable announcers said all night, pre-game, during the game, and after the game, that Binnington was not at fault in game #1, a review of each goal was such that it was clear he did not fail.

    SL hockey people keep laughing at the notion that Binnington is a fearful rookie in "over his head"... this is the 3rd series he has shown them to be wrong.

    The Blues defenders, again, made lazy-sloppy passes in their zone that cost them, but the rest of the squad played well, and they tightened up for the entire 3rd period and smothered the Sharks.

    SJ might come back and win Wednesday, they are damn good, but The Blues now have the upper hand in this series and look like they can win it. I will probably go with a small -1/2 60 minute play on The Blues, not sure, yet.

    We shall see!

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    I went with a small move on Boston -1.5 +290, talented Boston seems to be much the better team, offense is humming and they have a solid physical D and good goaltender. To me, seeing Boston that won first two by 3 and 4 goals, they deserved it, outskated-out hit-outplayed them.
    Some say Carolina will be going all out, but WTF, this is the goddam Eastern Conference Championship, they sure were going all out the first two games, weren't they? The goaltender change should not help that much. Sure, there is also a chance Boston will let down a bit and Carolina wins.
    Not a big recommendation, but cannot pass up the +290 with maybe the best team in hockey right now, only a small wager, and if this game holds to form, a 4-2 type game for Boston.
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    like the play, bol serbone,,
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    Thought about passing...
    But went with Blues, small ML bet, sure San Jose will be riled up but, again, motivation is not much of a factor when you get to this stage, this is 3rd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs!
    IMO St. Louis is the slightly better team, Binnington better than Jones, deeper forward lines #3 & #4, top notch two defensive lines though SJ has top defenders that can score and are super aggressive with turnover opportunities. Look for the Blues to, again, put more high pressure sequences on Jones than Sharks do on Binnington... Blues D blocks a lot of shots, a little appreciated factor. Everyone is critical of Tarasenko, he has not done much, but he is being harassed, Sharks do not want him to be a factor; if he breaks through, The Blues should roll. But IMO it will probably be another nail biter.
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    Blues tonight, regular sized play...
    GL!







    (Last Blues game: "and THAT's WHY YOU shouldn't" bet on hockey (if you are familiar at all with the TV show "Arrested Development"))
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    i dont watch much hockey but the last game blues scored really difficult shots. i was liking the sharks to take the cup but if these blues players consistently hit those tough angles, they prob are the team to beat.
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    I went small on Blues in regulation +186.
    Dunn is OUT for the Blues, Karlsson is ??? for SJ though I expect if he plays he will be limited.
    SJ is talented and at home, and Jones is playing well, but The Blues overall are still a tad better.
    Blues 2 goals in Game 4 were fortunate, both were last touched by a Shark. That's hockey. Stupid to wager...
    Blues held on with top notch defense and goaltending, SO MANY blocked shots and poke checks by defensemen... impressive, Blues were bombarded last period but did not yield.
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    (Blues had intense 2 hour "hand pass" defense drill before game 4)
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    Took the Blues, clearly the better team, last game coulda been 8-0... and SJ is banged up. It might be a romp so I also added some @ -1.5.

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    (if Blues are up, say, 5-1 with, say 7 to go, SJ will cheap shot the Blues the rest of the game, it will be brutal)
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    GO BLUES baby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by varkeyboy View Post
    GO BLUES baby!
    I will be watching pre-game RE: Pavelski, Hertl, and Karlsson... I will be ready to add to my wagers depending upon their status. IMO no way Karlsson will be 100%, best case he plays some power plays. Still have to worry about "Hand Pass Meier", he will be healthy.
    Sure, SJ will fight hard and are a quality club but are over matched, possibly will fold when they are down. No way the Blues will let down, this is for the Stanley Cup Finals, motivation is not a factor. Skating, checking, passing, shooting, goaltending are the things to look at...
    We shall see.
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    Pavelski game time dec, other two are out. Just loaded up more on Blues. Yes I understand the mentality that these situations sometimes backfire.
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    Blues should put this one away. Sharks have had some strange luck go in their favor this postseason but i think the blues close it out at home as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serbone View Post
    Pavelski game time dec, other two are out. Just loaded up more on Blues. Yes I understand the mentality that these situations sometimes backfire.
    GL!
    Thanks for the huge (CLOSEOUT) winner!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by varkeyboy View Post
    Thanks for the huge (CLOSEOUT) winner!!!

    Thank you.

    I hope others followed, sure the Blues looked like a play to most on this board... my point was that it was a very strong play.

    I've tried not to go over the top, all these months, but the Blues are outstanding, period.

    Last night was by far my biggest wager of the season, it was so clear to me that it scared me, with those 3 SJ injuries and with the Blues outplaying them anyway most of the series. I had them with the ML, in regulation, -1.5, and -2.5, but I did not call it a LOCK or MY BIGGEST PLAY OF THE YEAR or a RARE EXTRA LARGE PLAY, all of that.

    I announced that they, though at the bottom of the standings, were a new team on Feb 4, I have bet on them most every game except most back to back games and games when Allen was in goal. Great checking (especially forechecking), top D (blocked shots), excellent goaltending, deep forward lines, and a coach with a winning mentality. I did not want to over do it on this board, but if you read between the lines, and followed, you did well, as I sure did...

    RE The Stanley Cup, I think Boston is clearly an outstanding team, I think they are a bit overrated by Vegas (name brand team) but I will only go small with the Blues first game (I never ever bet series in any sport).

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    I had Stlouis yesterday I posted cover my San Jose series bet I put down Bruins $165-150 on series Good luck Didn’t look yet .I assume Bruinshome. I don’t bet hockey much Just games i watch like Bruins a lot good luck
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    Put a small move on Blues opening game +145 a few days ago, and then yesterday a very small one on -1.5 +375. To me, +375 is good value, I can see The Blues going in there and coming away with a 3-1, 4-2 win. Sure, Boston is damn good and this is not a strong recommendation. Just that The Blue Note just keep exceeding expectations.

    Boston looks like Winnipeg in so many ways and the Blues have the perfect break to refresh, after Tuesday's win. Boston might be a bit "off" at least the first period or two after a very long layoff.

    I was stunned by how complimentary the SJ coach was of The Blues, he especially praised the defense.

    Did The Blues play tougher playoff competition? IMO, yes, a bit tougher though, it is hard to judge when they are strictly in their own conferences.

    Again, in a match up like this you will likely not have a good feel for the matchups until after the first 2 periods (eg can the Blues defensemen deal with the Bruins top lines, speed and ability over and over again?).

    We shall see.

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