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2013 Stanley Cup Finals Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 5 Picks. Odds & Predictions

2013 Stanley Cup Finals Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 5 Picks. Odds & Predictions

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Bouncing Back On The Road Will Not Be Easy For Bruins In Game Five

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 2013 Stanley Cup Finals has been a wild ride to this point, but now that the series is even at two wins each it is safe to wipe out the first four games and prepare for a best-of-three series to determine this year’s champion.

The Boston Bruins will visit the Chicago Blackhawks this Saturday night for that pivotal-game five, where they will look for their second-straight road win dating back to game two. The Bruins’ defense finally cracked under pressure in game four as they conceded more goals in a single loss than they had through the first three games of the series combined, and bouncing back on the road will not be an easy online sports betting task.

Chicago will look to pick up where it left off after its second-ranked offense exploded for six goals on 47 shots in game four, which came after scoring just four combined goals one more than 100 shots through the first three games. The Blackhawks never looked completely in control of game four though, and Boston has won on the road in this series.


NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins

The Bruins kept answering back in game four until it was overtime and there was no opportunity to answer back, and must find a way to control the pace of the game and take it to Chicago rather than it happening the other way around. Tuukka Rask had been brilliant in this series up until the 6-5 overtime loss, and he will need to play at an elite level if Boston is going to bounce back. The Bruins showed how good their offense could be with five goals, but now it’s time to close up the lanes in front of their net and limit the scoring opportunities for the Blackhawks the way they had in the first three games.

NHL Betting Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago was buzzing all throughout game four, as the big guns up front finally broke through. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Patrick Sharp all found the back of the net in regulation, and the Blackhawks had Boston pinned down in its own end when Brent Seabrook’s shot from the point beat Rask and won the game in overtime. The offensive success helped make up for the worst start of these playoffs for Corey Crawford, who was beaten for five goals on 33 shots including some absolutely brutal goals. Crawford needs to be better in what should be a tighter game, and he will have to respond.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

This sports betting series has been fairly had to predict to this point, with three of the four games going to overtime and the goal totals all over the place. Chicago broke through with a win in game four and most importantly, they really found their offensive touch. The Blackhawks will look to take it to the Bruins from the outset in what amounts to a must-win game at home, and as long as the star forwards play like they did in game four then they should be in good position to take a series lead.

NHL Betting Pick: Chicago Blackhawks - 150

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