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Blackhawks Superstars Need To Step Up Heading In To Game Four Wednesday

Posted by Don Melrose on 6/18/2013 7:30:35 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have shown their resilience already at times throughout the 2013 NHL playoffs. Now they are in another situation where they must find a way to break through. The Blackhawks have been held to just one goal over consecutive losses, and face what amounts to a must-win situation heading in to game four of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Chicago ranked second in the NHL in scoring this online sports betting season for a reason, and the time is now for its superstar scorers to step up in a big way.

Stanley Cup Finals – Game 4
Chicago Blackhawks @ Boston Bruins
Wednesday June 19, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NHL Sportsbook Line: Boston – 140

The Blackhawks failed to get much of anything going in game four, as they were outshot 35-28 and failed to capitalize on any of their five powerplay opportunities. Chicago needs to get more bodies to the net in an effort to finally break through, and it begins with the leaders up front in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

NHL Betting Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

The tandem of Toews and Kane tied for the team lead with 23 goals during the regular season, and they combined for nine shots on goal despite failing to find the score sheet in game three. Kane is tied with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp for the team-lead with 15 points in these playoffs, but Toews has been limited to just nine points including only one goal, and that is bad news up against a team as good as Boston. Corey Crawford did his best in game three to keep the Blackhawks in it for as long as he could with 33 saves, but Chicago must do a better job of limiting turnovers in its own end.

NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins

Credit the Bruins for getting in on the forecheck and forcing the Blackhawks to make mistakes, as their physical play has been a huge factor in this series. Patrice Bergeron was the first star of game three with the second goal on the powerplay just past the midway mark of the second, but perhaps even more importantly he went 24-for-28 in the faceoff circle and really played a quality two-way game. Rask has been outstanding for Boston to this point in the series, but the online betting team in front of him has also done an excellent job of playing a strong two-way game.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

It is the Bruins that have responded following a loss in game one, but after dropping consecutive games now it will be Chicago that needs to find a way to break through. The Blackhawks need to be more responsible in their own end and create more traffic in front of Rask, and if they can do that and get the important first goal there is a good chance they can pull through and even the series at two wins each.

NHL Betting Pick: Chicago Blackhawks + 125

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