Chicago Blackhawks @ Boston Bruins

Chicago Blackhawks @ Boston Bruins

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Prediction: Bruins Moneyline (-120)

Key Points:

  • Boston is 8-4 at home, Hawks are 4-5 on the road.
  • Bruins PP has been stronger than the Hawks.
  • Elimination game for the Bruins they will be desperate.
  • Corey Crawford hasn’t looked as good as Tuuka Rask.

The Stanley Cup will be in the building tonight as the Hawks have a chance to wrap up their second cup win in four years. The Boston Bruins definitely do not want to lose in general, but especially not in front of the Boston faithful. The Bruins found themselves in a similar spot as they are now a couple of years back against the Canucks. They lost game five in Vancouver but responded with strong efforts in games 6 and 7 to win the cup. The Hawks were all over Boston for the first two periods in game five and lead 2-0 after two. Boston made it a 2-1 game in the 3rd but ultimately fell in the end 3-1. There were a couple of significant injuries last game as Chicago captain Jonathan Toews was hit hard and shaken up. He sat on the bench for the rest of the game but is still probable to play tonight. Patrice Bergeron was taken out of the arena in an ambulance which is not a good sign for the Bruins as he had been dominating in the faceoff circle for them. There were rumors it was a spleen injury which would make sense to why he was rushed away. He’s had concussions in the past so that is another possibility. Claude Julien says he will take the warmup skate but he is questionable. If I was a betting man I would guess he does not play tonight. Despite these significant injuries both teams still have the skill to overcome these injuries.

This has been a series of momentum swings so far. The Hawks took game one as expected but the Bruins responded with two pretty dominant victories in games 2 and 3. It was looking like they were in good shape to take home the cup in 5 or 6 games at that point but the Hawks responded with victories in games 4 and 5 to take control of their destiny once again. So far in this series the home team has won 3 of 5 games. Home ice advantage has not been as big of a factor thus far as it has in the entire playoffs. Overall in the post-season the Bruins have been excellent at the TD Garden compiling an 8-4 record. The Hawks have been decent on the road as they check in with a 4-5 mark. This series has been extremely close as 3/5 games have needed extra time to decide and overall the Hawks have scored 14 goals to Boston’s 13. Chicago has really struggled on the powerplay going 1/17 in the series while the B’s have had a bit more success going 4/14. 3/5 games have gone under in the series.

The Bruins have been a resilient team all season long especially since the Boston Marathon attacks. They looked absolutely buried against the Leafs in game 7 as we all know the story by now, but they found a way to win the game. They are a very confident group and despite trailing this series there is no panic in the room. They were in the same spot a couple years ago and ended up champions. If Bergeron does in fact sit this game out it will definitely hurt Boston but I still think they have the personnel to get it done tonight. Corey Crawford has looked shaky the last two games despite Chicago winning both games and I think the Bruins get to him tonight and Tuukka Rask plays his best game of the series to keep his team alive and force game 7. The line currently sits at -120 which is excellent value for the home team tonight. Back the Bruins to force a winner take all game 7 in Chicago on Wednesday.

Pick: Bruins Moneyline (-120)

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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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