Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks

Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks

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Prediction: Brad Marchand Over 2.5 Shots (-125)

Key Points:

  • Marchand has had 3+ shots in 11/17 playoff games.
  • Marchand is 6-1 to the over 2.5 shots in his last 7.
  • Marchand is averaging 4 shots a game over his last 5.
  • Boston averaging 30+ shots a game.

If game one was an indication of what we are to expect in the Stanley Cup Finals then we should be in for one hell of a series. The Hawks took game one 4-3 in triple overtime. The Bruins lead for the majority of the game as they had a 1-0 lead after the first and a 2-1 lead after the 2nd. Boston then took a 3-1 lead six minutes into the third. Normally this would be game over for the opposition but the Hawks made it 3-2 a couple minutes later and then tied it with 8 minutes to play in the third. After that there was not another goal for just over an hour of play. Both goalies were spectacular in game one making 50+ saves a piece. It was a back and forth affair over the two and a half overtime periods but eventually the Hawks won it thanks to an Andrew Shaw goal just after the midway mark of the third overtime. Home teams continued their dominance in the playoffs particularly in overtime. The Bruins will definitely want to make amends for blowing their game one 3rd period lead so we should be in for another great game tonight.

Brad Marchand was a key piece of the Boston Bruins 2010-2011 Stanley Cup winning team and he is proving his value once again this year in the playoffs. Marchand is a guy either you love to hate or hate to love but you cannot argue that he is not a valuable resource particularly come playoff time. He has recorded 13 points in 17 games so far in the playoffs as well as 51 shots on goal, which is good for an average of 3 shots a game exactly. Over his last 5 games Marchand has really stepped up his game registering 4 points and 19 shots on goal. Marchand played well in game one and was unfortunate not to pick up a point but he did manage 4 shots on net. He has picked up his shooting lately as he is averaging just under 4 shots a game in his last 5 playoff games. Marchand is 11-6 assuming a 2.5 shot total prop in the playoffs, including a 6-1 mark to the over in his last 7 games.

Expect Marchand to elevate his game tonight in an important game two. The Bruins let the first game slip away so they should be playing very hard tonight in order to secure a split in Chicago and head back to Boston with the momentum. Marchand has been shooting a lot more lately and I like his odds of registering 3 or more shots tonight. He is blessed with game changing speed and if he breaks lose he is a good bet to get a quality shot on goal. Take Marchand over 2.5 shots tonight.

Pick: Brad Marchand Over 2.5 Shots (-125)

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Dennis Green

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