Matchup: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins
Date/Time: June 24th, 8:00 p.m. ET
NHL Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Moneyline: Boston -120
Lord Stanley’s Cup will be in the house at the TD Garden on Monday night, as the Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to claim it with a win. They’ll take on the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Chicago started off the season as the best team in the league, and it is going to hope to finish the year that way as well. The hope is that C Jonathan Toews is going to be able to get back in the fold for this one after sitting out the end of Saturday night’s Game 5 at home with an upper body injury. As it is though, the key isn’t going to be the Blackhawks offense. It’s going to be the defense and the goaltending that really gets the job done. Save for a wild Game 4 in which there were 11 goals scored, this series has been one that has been a matter of a bounce here or a bounce there making the difference. G Corey Crawford has only had one game though, in which he has held the Bruins under two goals, something that seemed to be a commonplace over the course of the rest of the postseason. With Toews clearly limited, the pressure is going to be on to finish this series off, and it is going to be squarely on the goalie’s shoulders.
The Bruins seemed to be overmatched in Game 5, and even though they had a shot in the closing minute or so of the game to tie things up, there was never really a sense that they were the better team on the ice. No one could stop the front line for the Blackhawks, as LW Patrick Kane scored twice, once in both the first and second periods. C David Krejci still leads the team with nine goals and 16 assists, but he hasn’t lit the lamp since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Again, that is putting a lot of the onus on G Tuukka Rask. Rask has had himself a great postseason, but he has allowed nine goals in the last two games, and he has faced just a stupid 204 shots on goal in the five games in this series. The pressure is really coming down hard on these young Boston defensemen, and with C Patrice Bergeron likely out of the lineup, the defense is going to have to step up where the offense might be lacking.
There’s blood in the water right now, and we think that the Blackhawks are going to take advantage of it. We have to think that there is a 50/50 shot or so that they are going to claim the Stanley Cup tonight, and that’s more than good enough for us to take a whack at them on Monday.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Boston Bruins Game 6 Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +112
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