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NHL Postseason down to five teams

Posted on May 13th, 2010

The National Hockey League has narrowed it’s teams down to five. In the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference representatives have both been eliminated.

In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated Vancouver, just like 2009. It took Chicago six games to win, including all three played in Vancouver. The second seeded Blackhawks lost the opener, just as they did last season. Chicago will take on the top seeded San Jose Sharks. The Sharks needed just five games to eliminate the defending Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings.

In the Eastern Conference, for the second straight series, the Montreal Canadiens bounced back and upset the favored team in seven games. The eighth seeded Canadiens will now take on the winner of game seven between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins are the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Flyers come in as the 7th seed. The Flyers won game six at home on Wednesday night to bring the series back to Boston. Game seven will be played on Friday night at 7:00pm EST.

Through the first two rounds, Johnathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks leads all players in points. Toews has 20, followed by Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh with 19 and Johan Franzen of Detroit with 18. Mike Cammalleri leads the entire NHL in postseason goals scored with 11 in 14 games, while Joe Pavelski of San Jose has 9.

The San Jose Sharks continue to hold the best odds to win the Stanley Cup, followed very closely by the Chicago Blackhawks. Montreal had the worst odds coming into the postseason, but continues to defy them all. Throughout the entire 2010 postseason, many sports books offer excellent props before the action hits the ice. You can also find excellent odds at various sources. Also, to increase the viewing action of the Stanley Cup playoffs, many sports books have offered live in game betting, which allows players to choose what they feel will take place on the ice, as it happens.