Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks

Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks

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Prediction: Boston Bruins (SERIES) (+132)

Key Points:

  • Boston is a more physical team.
  • Front to back I like Boston’s offensive depth more.
  • I like Rask better than Crawford.
  • Boston appears to be a team of destiny at this point.
  • Less pressure on Boston especially if they steal one of the first two games.

This original six Stanley Cup final is set to kick off Wednesday night in Chicago. Both teams have been very solid in winning their conferences. The Hawks took out the Wild in five rather easily in the first round. They faced a very game Detroit team in the second round and were almost caught off guard and taken out. The Wings jumped out to a quick 3-1 series lead but the Hawks pulled together and won the next three games to take the series. Chicago then took on the Kings in the Conference Finals and took care of the Kings in five games. The Bruins pulled one of the most improbable comebacks in playoff history in the first round against the Leafs. The Bruins trailed 4-1 with 10 minutes to go in the 3rd period and 4-2 with just over 2 minutes to go but they scored twice in the final two minutes to force overtime which they would eventually go on to win. The Bruins then carried that momentum into the next round taking out the Rangers in five. They then absolutely dominated the cup favorite Penguins and pulled off the unthinkable once again by sweeping the Pens and holding them to only two goals in four games. Both teams come in with a lot of momentum in this one and it should be an exciting series.

Both teams come in with excellent defence and goaltending through the first three rounds. The Hawks are allowing 1.94 goals against per game while the Bruins are slightly better at 1.88 goals against. Corey Crawford and Tuukka Rask have both been brilliant and lead the way among all playoff goaltenders. Crawford boasts a 1.74 GAA and a .935%. Rask counters with a 1.75 GAA and a .943%. Offensively the Bruins sit second in the playoffs in goals per game average behind only the eliminated Pittsburgh Penguins. The B’s are averaging 3.12 goals per game and the Hawks are averaging a respectable 2.76 goals per game. Boston has the playoffs leading scorers currently as David Krejci and Nathan Horton lead the NHL with 21 and 17 points respectively. Chicago has the 6th-9th place scorers (Sharp, Hossa, Kane, Bickell) and Boston has two more players in the top 15th as Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic come in at 12th and 13th overall. Neither team has had a lot of success on the powerplay as the Bruins are hitting at a 15.6% clip and the Hawks a 13.7% mark. The Hawks penalty kill has been the key to their success as they are killing penalties at a remarkable rate (94.6%). The Bruins PK has been a solid 86.5% as well.

These teams are similar but different at the same time. Both teams have a lot of offensive depth and rotate through their lines consistently. On paper the Hawks appear to be the more talented team but the Bruins counter their slight skill disadvantage with straight up sand paper. The Bruins are a nasty team to play against and intimidation is a big part of their game. Guys like Chara and Thornton will look to get the superstars who aren’t really physical like Kane and Toews off their game by getting in their face after whistles and taking shots at them. The Bruins come in as the underdog and if they can steal one of the opening two games in Chicago then I like their chances in this series. Boston really does seem like a team of destiny after their incredible game 7 comeback against the Leafs and have won 9 of 10 games since that comeback. Both teams are playoff tested and proven for sure but I like the Bruins to wear down the Hawks with physical play and for Tuukka Rask to outplay Corey Crawford. It will be a back and forth series and I won’t be easy for either team but I think the Bruins take this in six or seven games.

Pick: Boston (SERIES) (+132)

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Dennis Green

I grew up an avid sports fan and that transitioned to sports betting for me at the age of 21. I have always been obsessed with numbers and stats and used to keep track of my own player and team stats back before the internet took off. I would say fantasy sports was the springboard that led me to sports betting as I liked the competitiveness and rewards of it. I have a regular 9-5 job as well and learned the hard way many years ago that it is very tough to make a living off of gambling. For me I treat it more of a hobby now and as an income supplement. Having money on the game makes the games all that more enjoyable (and stressful sometimes) and I find myself watching sports I would never watch due to this. Hockey is definitely my bread and butter as I know the sport inside and out. I am from BC, Canada and am an avid Canucks fan. I also am a big Bluejays and Packers fan. Sports betting is a huge passion of mine and I have been successful and profitable every year in the NHL for the last 5 years.

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