Matchup: Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Date/Time: June 22nd, 8:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Chicago -145
After a thrilling overtime matchup in Game 4, the Boston Bruins are travelling back to the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night. Will we see a second straight offensive explosion between the two sides? Or will the series revert back to its previously stingy self?
Even though the series was only 2-1, many pundits thought that Boston had put the series in a vise grip after their dominating Game 3 win. However, shoddy defense and missed opportunities sees the series tied at two and Boston without the home-ice advantage that it had previously earned. Near the end of the second period, C Chris Kelly missed a wide open net that would turn out to cost the Bruins in the end. The good news for the B’s is that Patrice Bergeron had himself a game in this one, tallying two goals for the Bruins and winning 55.9% of his faceoff battles to try to help those who took the Bruins on the NHL betting line. Aside from Game 4, Boston has looked like the better team in this series, but will need to give Tuukka Rask some defensive help and capitalize better on scoring chances to try to set up a close out game back at the TD Garden Center.
To pull off a win in Game 4, the Chicago Blackhawks stepped up across the board. The face-off percentage that was so abysmal in Game 3, was much better in Game 4. Rather than winning just a little over a quarter of face-offs, the Bruins and Blackhawks nearly had a 50/50 split, which helped Chicago keep the puck in the zone and control time of possession more. Chicago’s special teams showed up in a big way too, with the Blackhawks notching their first power play goal of the Stanley Cup Finals, and they tallied a short-handed goal for good measure as well. RW Patrick Kane notched a goal and an assist in Game 4, and his continued success is needed for the Blackhawks to take Game 5 on Saturday night.
Through four games, this has been a defensive series through and through. However, despite that, the under is only 2-2 and bettors are down money playing it thus far. With this in mind we are going to stick with playing a side for Game 5. The series may be tied, but Boston has largely outplayed the Blackhawks. Rask has been a more impressive between the pipes than Crawford and that makes a world of difference in the NHL playoffs.
Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks Game 5 Pick: Boston Bruins +XXX
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