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Bruins, Blackhawks Look To Play To Their Strengths In Game Five Saturday

Posted by Don Melrose on 6/22/2013 1:33:29 AM

A stifling defense and the ability to score goals in transition has been two of the biggest keys to the Boston Bruins’ success in the 2013 NHL playoffs. One of those elements was on display again in game four of the Stanley Cup Finals, but the other was clearly missing in a 6-5 overtime loss. The Bruins now head on the road for game five of the online sports betting series against the Chicago Blackhawks looking to play a much tighter checking game. The Blackhawks scored one more goal in game four than they had in games one through three combined, and will look to keep the offense flowing at home for game five Saturday.

Stanley Cup Finals – Game 5
Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks
Saturday June 22, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NHL Sportsbook Line: Chicago – 150

The key for Boston will be limiting the turnovers and not allowing the speedy Chicago forwards too much space on the attack, which is easier said than done but also something they did in their two wins so far. The Blackhawks now have the final line change, so the Bruins will need to bare down and concentrate on the little things like faceoffs and getting a strong forecheck going.

NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins

The idea for the Bruins is simple with an emphasis on keeping Chicago pinned down in its own end and limiting the time they spend defending. Boston was able to come back from down and tie the game on four different occasions in game four, but they must show that same passion and desire when the game is tied in order to take a lead. Tuukka Rask wasn’t awful in game four, but he did allow six goals and will need to be better moving forward in this series. The Bruins have shown they can score goals, but their strengths lie in strong defensive play and limiting the opposition chances.

NHL Betting Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks got strong contributions from their star scorers in game four with Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Jonathan Toews all scoring, and will look to capitalize on their speed and skill up front again in game five. Chicago needs to be able to push the tempo and really get a lot of traffic in front of the net the way they did on Brent Seabrook’s overtime winner last online betting game, and as long as the puck is in the Boston end then the focus is on offense and not defense. Netminder Corey Crawford will undoubtedly have to be better in game five after struggling in the overtime win, allowing five goals on just 33 shots.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

As long as the offense continues to roll and Crawford bounces back with a better performance, it’s hard not to think the Blackhawks take back control of this series. Chicago was all over the Bruins from the opening faceoff in game four but was the victim of poor goaltending. As long as Crawford plays better in game five then the Blackhawks should be fine, particularly with the advantage of the final change on home ice again.

NHL Betting Pick: Chicago Blackhawks - 150

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