NHL Playoffs Betting: Joe Thornton Will Play Game 5 Against Canucks
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
By Bodog Sportsbook
It’s all hands on deck for the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 for the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night as San Jose looks to extend its season to a Game 6 back home at the Shark Tank. Thus look for Joe Thornton, who left Game 4 injured, to be on the ice for San Jose. Vancouver is a -175 favorite to end the series tonight on Bodog’s NHL odds.
Thornton had been playing pretty well in the series’ first three games as he had a total of six points in the first three. But Thornton suffered a suspected shoulder injury in Game 4 on Sunday on a check by Raffi Torres in the third period. Thornton did not take part in an optional skate on Monday before the Sharks flew to Vancouver. But coach Todd McLellan said he expects Thornton to play tonight, even if he is not 100%. Thornton told the coach he will be ready to play.
"When Joe Thornton comes to you and tells you he's playing, he's playing," said McLellan.
Thornton leads the team with 17 playoff points.
"I expect Joe to play like Joe," Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo said Monday. "It's the playoffs, you suck it up and you play. I'm sure he'll be just as effective tomorrow night as he's been the whole series."
San Jose could get another player back tonight. Defenseman Jason Demers practiced for the first time this series and said he is ready to play if the coaches give him the chance. He missed the first four games with an undisclosed injury.
The Sharks will be out if they don’t slow the Sedin twins, who have combined for 15 points in this series. And San Jose needs more from Dany Heatley. The team's highest-paid player mustered only one shot in Game 4 and even was dropped down to the third line at times.
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