Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins

Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins

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Prediction: Bruins Moneyline (-130)

Key Points:

  • Bruins have won 7 straight on home ice.
  • Bruins are 8-2 at home in the playoffs.
  • Blackhawks are 3-5 on the road in the playoffs.
  • Bruins have all the momentum right now.
  • Bruins have allowed only 4 goals against in their last 5 at home.

The Boston Bruins continue to play their game which is to physically wear down and intimidate the Chicago Blackhawks. After two consecutive wins it appears the Bruins are getting to the Hawks. Game 3 ended with some frustration being shown by the Hawks as Bryan Bickell and Zdeno Chara got into it which led to Brad Marchand and Andrew Shaw having a heated exchange. This is exactly the type of game the Bruins thrive on so if Chicago wants to take game four they are going to have to be much more disciplined and emotionless. Since their 4 goal outburst in game one Chicago has managed only 1 goal in the next two games. In fact they have not scored a goal on Tuukka Rask in over 120 straight minutes. The Bruins defence has done an excellent job at keeping Chicago’s stars in check and limiting their quality scoring chances. Chicago has had a tough time getting to the front of the net and finding open space to bang away at rebounds. Chicago simply must get dirty if they hope to beat Tuukka Rask with the way he’s been playing. Game four is not a must win for either team, but Chicago obviously does not want to go down 3-1. If they do in fact lose game four though they won’t be totally deflated as they faced the same deficit against the Red Wings and ended up reeling off three straight wins to take the series in 7. Overall in the series the Bruins have delivered 25 more hits than the Hawks, most of those being of the bone crunching variety. Marian Hossa appeared to tweak something in warmups before game three but he is expected to play in game four.

Home ice once again proves to be very important in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins have now won 7 straight at the TD Garden and 8 of their last 10 playoff games there. The Hawks are a pedestrian 3-5 on the road so far. During their win streak at home the Bruins have outscored their opponents 21-10 and held their opposition to just 4 goals in their last 5 home games. So far in this series both teams penalty kills have been top notch. The two teams combined PK is hitting at 92.3% so far in the series. Boston has scored the only two powerplay goals and the Hawks PP has been absolutely shutdown by the Bruins as they sit at 0/11 in the series. The Bruins have looked like the better team in all three games so far in my opinion and very easily could be up 3-0 right now. They blew a 3-1 third period lead in game one which is always a painful thing to do. Chicago did dominate them early in game two until Boston woke up in the late 2nd. Tuukka Rask has looked more confident between the pipes than Corey Crawford so far. Not to take anything away from Crawford’s solid play but Rask just looks like the better goalie right now.

The pressure has clearly shifted onto the Hawks shoulders and although this isn’t a must win elimination game for them they definitely do not want to fall behind 3 games to 1. Even if they do though they have the talent to win 3 straight and take the series in 7. As easy as it is to say the Hawks will be more fired up for this game I simply cannot ignore what I’ve seen so far in this series. Chicago looks out of their element and Boston is rolling four lines and looking like a team playing full of confidence. Rask looks to be in another world right now as he’s stopping everything that comes his way. If Corey Crawford lets in a goal early on in game four the Hawks could have a tough time coming back. The Bruins are an intimidating team to play on home ice and I just don’t think Chicago can get their shit together quite in time to knot this series up at 2. It should be a close game once again but I think the Bruins take a stranglehold on the series with a game four victory.

Pick: Bruins Moneyline (-130)

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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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