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Odds are against the Bruins in Finals

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Odds are against the Bruins in Finals

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

VANCOUVER So it begins.With the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruins and Canucks getting cranked up in earnest today, as the two teams practice at Rogers Arena in anticipation of Wednesday nights Game One, the odds are filtering their way out into the betting community.Here are a few courtesy of our friends at bodog.com with some interesting observations. Tim Thomas has the best odds of any Bruins player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at 4-to-1 odds, and Dennis Seidenberg isnt even among the potential names on the board even though hes been one of Bostons best players in the postseason. Otherwise, here are the Vegas betting odds (for discussion purposes only):Series Price
Vancouver Canucks -235
Boston Bruins 195

Exact Series Result
Boston Bruins 4-0 251
Boston Bruins 4-1 121
Boston Bruins 4-2 132
Boston Bruins 4-3 152
Vancouver Canucks 4-0 152
Vancouver Canucks 4-1 134
Vancouver Canucks 4-2 41
Vancouver Canucks 4-3 154

Total Games Played In Series
Over Games O 5 -175
Under Games U 5 145

Total Games Played In Series
4 61
5 94
6 21
7 21

Total Goals Scored in Series
OverUnder 30 Goals

Where Will the Series be Decided?
TD Garden, Boston 120
Rogers Arena, Vancouver -150

Total road wins
Over Games 2.5 -140
Under Games 2.5 110

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Who will win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP?
Ryan Kesler 75
Tim Thomas 41
Henrik Sedin 61
Roberto Luongo 132
Nathan Horton 71
Daniel Sedin 91
Patrice Bergeron 141
David Krejci 151
Kevin Bieksa 251
Zdeno Chara 251
Field (Any Other Player) 141

Will a player from the losing team in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals be awarded the 2011 Conn Smyth Trophy?
Yes 151

Daniel Sedin Total Points in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins
Over Under 6

Henrik Sedin - Total Points in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins
Over Under 6

Ryan Kesler - Total Points in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins
Over Under 5

Alexandre Burrows - Total Points in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins
Over Under 3.5

Roberto Luongo Goals against average in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins
Over Under 2.15

Roberto Luongo Save percentage in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Boston Bruins
Over Under 92

Who will score more goals in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Vancouver Canucks?
Daniel Sedin 75
Ryan Kesler 32
Alex Burrows 154
Henrik Sedin 92

Who will record more assists in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Vancouver Canucks?
Henrik Sedin 65
Daniel Sedin 74
Ryan Kesler 41
Christian Ehrhoff 174

David Krejci - Total Points in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver Canucks Over Under 4.5

Milan Lucic - Total Points in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Over Under 4

Patrice Bergeron - Total Points in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Over Under 4

Zdeno Chara - Total Points in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver Canucks Over Under 3

Tim Thomas - Goals against average in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Over Under 2.35

Tim Thomas - Save percentage in the Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Over Under 92

Who will score more goals in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Boston Bruins?
Nathan Horton 1710
Milan Lucic 95
Patrice Bergeron 74
David Krejci 72

Who will record more shutouts during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals?
Roberto Luongo -130
Tim Thomas Even

Who will a better save percentage in the Series?
Roberto Luongo Even
Tim Thomas -130

Will Roberto Luongo be replaced as goaltender at any point during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals?
Yes 300
No -500

Will there be a 5 minute fighting major penalty called during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals?
Yes -250
No 195

How May Games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals will go to overtime?
Over 1.5 135
Under 1.5 -165

Will any game in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals go to double overtime?
Yes 275
No -350Now onto the links:
A great piece from the Toronto Star about Don Cherry and his eccentric lifestyle coupled with a bombastic personality. I definitely learned a few things about the man known as Grapes that I didnt previously know. Tony Gallagher from the Province in Vancouver has a serious problem with the 5 p.m. start times for home Canucks home games in the Stanley Cup Finals. Starting at 9 p.m. Eastern time doesnt really seem like a good idea at all, but maybe thats just me. Mark Recchi plans to end his career in style with a precious bottle of wine and perhaps a drink or two from the Cup. The Globe and Mail has all of the relevant info afterSaint John took home the Memorial Cup. A sad, sad story out of Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution for the people that really loved hockey, and tried their best to support the Thrashers and southern fried hockey. Winnipeg clearly deserves a hockey team, but I know some people that were left holding the bag in possibly the worst pro sports city in America. Chris Higgins credits his FDNY firefighting father, Bobby, for instilling him with the grit and toughness he regularly shows out on the ice for Vancouver. The Forks are ready to part with the knowledge that (insert team name here) will be headed back to Winnipeg next season, and bringing NHL hockey back to a Manitoba setting it never should have left. A good piece by ESPN.coms Pierre Lebrun on Jonathan Toews excitement that NHL hockey is coming back to Winnipeg after his Jets left him as a hockey-crazed kid in the Peg. An interesting piece by CTV.ca on the long range prospects of wooing Guy Boucher back to Montreal as head coach of the Habs some day down the line. It obviously wont be anytime soon, but this has to happen at some point, doesnt it? The Nassau County lawmakers are moving forward with a project to keep the Isles in New York after watching the Thrashers fly their coop in Atlanta.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Czarnik trying not to be 'the forgotten man' in Bruins camp

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Czarnik trying not to be 'the forgotten man' in Bruins camp

BOSTON – With all of the talk about young forward prospects Anders Bjork and Jake DeBrusk, it would seem that Austin Czarnik wants to serve a reminder that he can play a little hockey too.

For the second year in a row, the 24-year-old diminutive forward is putting together a strong start to his training camp with a multi-point performance in a 4-2 exhibition victory over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Czarnik finished with a penalty-shot goal, two points and tied for the team-lead with four shots on net while playing with the energy, skating aggressiveness and in-your-face attitude that he’s going to need for NHL success. He also made his point that there are more than just a couple of young forwards in camp who can potentially help in Boston this winter.

“He was very good. I think the forgotten man, maybe, he was thinking [a bit] because we’ve talked about a lot of young guys. He’s still a young guy, and wants to make his mark and push for a job on the team,” coach Bruce Cassidy said of Czarnik, who posted five goals and 13 points in 49 games for the Bruins last season. “I thought he looked real good tonight. He won a lot of pucks. He’s always going to make plays in space, that’s his game. He won a lot of pucks and did a lot of little things well.”

It was Czarnik who really helped put the game away in the second period when he sped past a pair of defenders and forced them into hauling him down for a penalty shot with the B’s already up, 2-0. Czarnik patiently slowed his penalty-shot attempt before ripping one past Petr Mrazek’s glove hand in what ended up being the game-winning goal. Czarnik was in the middle of things again in the third on the insurance marker as he engineered a 3-on-1 rush before expertly feeding to Teddy Purcell for the sizzled one-timer.

Czarnik was downplaying the idea that he’s been overlooked in camp but show there was a strong need to remind the B’s organization how he can potentially help them as a fast, aggressive, pesky little center that can also make some plays.

“I’m not going to worry about [getting overlooked]. It’s part of life, you know it’s happened a lot? I’m not going to worry about that,” said Czarnik, who similarly won a job with the Bruins after a strong initial training camp last season. I’m just going to worry about myself and just try to do the right thing every single time and show them what I can do.

“I need to be an energy guy. There’s a lot of young talent now, you know, on the power play and everything now, so I need to try to create energy on the penalty kill and the fore-check. So that’s what my main focus is going to be.”

The energy really is the key to Czarnik’s long-term hopes with the Bruins and, consequently, the rest of the NHL. If he can play with the same skating legs, high energy and rapid pace that he’s consistently shown in preseasons, then there’s no reason to think he can’t help the Bruins. But there were far too many lulls in Czarnik’s rookie NHL season where the skating game wasn’t good enough, there wasn’t enough bite to his fore-check and there just weren’t enough plays being made on the ice.

Clearly, Czarnik is trying to change that impression in this camp with the B’s, but that could prove to be a much more difficult task with so many more quality forwards now battling for a few jobs on the roster in Boston. 

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Morning Skate: Sorry, Shaughnessy but young B's are on the rise

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Morning Skate: Sorry, Shaughnessy but young B's are on the rise

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating that Brad Marchand is willing to say something is “an absolute joke.” There are not enough candid players in the NHL like good, ol' No. 63.

*So FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy writes that the Bruins are “a lowly number four nowadays” in the power rankings of the big four Boston sports teams. Certainly, Danny is technically correct in saying that the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics are ahead of the Bruins in terms of the Boston pro sports zeitgeist and that they dominate the sports conversation.

But Shaughnessy points to the Bruins doing nothing to improve themselves last summer as some kind of reason behind their low position among the other Boston sports franchises, and that’s not really a factor. The problem right now is that the Bruins are extremely young and still a couple of years away from returning to true Stanley Cup contention as a result. 
Once Charlie McAvoy is a few years into his career, some of the other Bruins prospects are in the NHL for good and Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask are still at the back end of their prime, the Bruins will once again be a Cup contender that’s pushing their way back into the championship conversation that commands the attention of the Boston fan.

Would Shaughnessy have been more satisfied with the Bruins if they spent bad money on a big free-agent contract as they did with Matt Beleskey and David Backes in back-to-back years, or if they traded premium prospect Brandon Carlo for hired gun Matt Duchene? That would be the kind of “big splash” move that a bad management group would make to appease the casual fans that don’t truly understand what the B’s are going with their draft-and-development plan.

This Bruins outfit is still a playoff team while they’re building back to that Cup-worthy level. They were playing a much more exciting, entertaining brand of hockey once Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien last winter. This isn’t a lowly team unworthy of the fans’ attention, or more importantly their sports dollar. This is much more about the all-time greatness of the New England Patriots, the deserved excitement for a Celtics team that is truly going for it after being in the Bruins current “building it back up” phase for the past few years and a playoff-level Red Sox team that really has no competition in the summertime.

This isn’t about what the Bruins aren’t doing right now. This is about what the Patriots and Celtics, and to a lesser degree the Red Sox, are doing right now. It's as simple as that in a local sports landscape that’s cyclical and constantly in motion.  

*What a great Facetime hit here from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro with Jay and Dan now that they’re thankfully back to their rightful home in Canada. The technical difficulties really make the whole thing come together.  

*Congrats to Jonathan Drouin for making a commitment to the city of Montreal that goes well beyond being a player for the Canadiens.

*Lots of prayers and well-wishes to Hingham, Mass., native and New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle after his stunning cancer diagnosis. Anybody that knows the Boyle family knows how courageous they are, and how much love and support that Brian will have at a time when he’s going to need every bit of it. I also included a link to a New York Post Q&A with Boyle where he talks a bit about his father’s miraculous battle with cancer as well.   

 *John Chayka is trying to bring with him a new chapter to the history of the Arizona Coyotes, but it’s seemingly always an uphill battle there.

*Nobody should have any problems with the contract extension handed out to Mikko Koivu by the Minnesota Wild.

*For something completely different: Are we seriously living in a world where the Juggalos are marching for their rights?

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