Chicago Keeps the Momentum Rolling At Home
Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks – Saturday Game 5 (Series tied 2-2)
Game four of the Stanley Cup finals was an interesting one to watch. The online betting experts had expected the Boston Bruins to dominate game four based on what had happened in games two and three. But when the Bruins made mistake after mistake in game four, it became evident that the Chicago Blackhawks had figured out how to get the Boston Bruins off their game and put multiple pucks past Tuukka Rask. Now that Chicago has figured that out, it is time for the Blackhawks to use that information to win a Stanley Cup.
The Boston Bruins learned a valuable lesson about themselves in game four. They learned that they can match the speed of the Blackhawks, but they are not quite the playmakers that Chicago is. Boston was too committed to the physical side of the game and that is what cost them the win in game four. The sports betting experts used Boston’s physical play when determining the betting lines for this series, but not everyone counted on the Bruins to have such explosive speed. What Boston needs to do now is get that speed under control and utilize it as a weapon against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Why the Bruins Will Win
The Boston Bruins have already shown that they can dominate the Blackhawks during the course of a 60-minute game. But it is those moments when the Bruins make defensive errors that has been costing the team games. The sportsbook experts are inclined to give the odds to the Blackhawks in game five because the game is in Chicago and the Blackhawks have learned how to control the tempo against the Bruins. But the Boston Bruins are still masters at containing the Blackhawks and keeping Chicago out of the Boston end. The Bruins will need to find that game again to win game five.
Why the Blackhawks Will Win
Chicago has shown that its speed can work to frustrate the Bruins and keep Boston off balance. In game five, look for Chicago to try and keep the play in the middle of the ice and away from the boards. Chicago found a great deal of success when it forced the issue on front of the Boston net in game five and that is the same approach that the Blackhawks should take when the puck is dropped on game five.
The Bottom Line
Fans can expect a high-flying game on Saturday that will show just how intent the Bruins and the Blackhawks are at winning the Cup. The Stanley Cup finals are a best of three right now and that could favor Chicago. The Blackhawks know how to beat the Bruins. It is just a matter of putting that new information to work and having it pay off with a win in game five. From there, Chicago will have the momentum heading into game six.
Pick: Chicago Blackhawks
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