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Stanley Cup Game Six - Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins Preview, Pick & Odds

Stanley Cup Game Six - Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins Preview, Pick & Odds

Bovada Sportsbook    June 25, 201

NHL Hockey

NHL Betting: Hawks on Brink of Stanley Cup Payout

The Chicago Blackhawks have stormed back with two consecutive victories in Game 4 and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, and now they'll get a chance to wrap up the championship on Monday night as they head back east to Boston to face the Bruins in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series.

Oddsmakers currently have the Boston Bruins listed as 130-moneyline favorites


Blackhawks Pull Out a Victory in Game 5

The Blackhawks and Bruins headed into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night with the series all square at two wins apiece, but it was Chicago that managed to pull out the 3-1 home victory as a -146 favorite on the NHL betting lines at Bovada to grab a 3-2 lead in the set. The combined score of the contest became the third UNDER result so far in the Stanley Cup final.

Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks in each of the first and second periods on Saturday night to stake his team to a 2-0 lead, with Zdeno Chara pulling the Bruins to within one goal with his third marker of the postseason early in the third period. That, however, was as close as Boston would get in the contest, with Dave Bolland scoring into the empty net to seal the win for Chicago. Corey Crawford stopped 24 of 25 Boston shots between the pipes for the Blackhawks in Saturday's Game 5 victory, while Tuukka Rask made 29 stops in a losing cause for the Bruins.

Toews, Bergeron Both Leave Game 5 Early

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews assisted on both Kane goals in Game 5, but he sat out the third period of the contest with an undisclosed upper-body injury – likely suffered on a hit by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk late in the second period. Toews has just two goals and 12 points in 22 games for Chicago so far in the playoffs; Kane now leads the team with 19 points.

The Bruins also suffered a key loss in Game 5 when forward Patrice Bergeron left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury and was subsequently taken to the hospital to be checked out. Bergeron played just over six minutes in Game 5 on Saturday, and he has nine goals and 15 points in 21 playoff games so far for Boston. Bruins forward David Krejci continues to lead his team – and all postseason scorers – with 25 points after collecting an assist on Saturday night.

Puck Drop for Game 6 set for 8:00pm ET

Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston is set for 8:00pm ET on Monday night, with the teams having split Games 3 and Game 4 at TD Garden earlier in the series. Back in Game 3 the Bruins grabbed a 2-0 victory as a -125 home favorite on the NHL odds at Bovada to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final; Rask made 28 saves for the shutout that night. Boston was then a -136 home favorite for Game 4 last Wednesday night, but fell 6-5 in OT on a goal by Brent Seabrook.

On the latest NHL betting lines at Bovada the Blackhawks were listed as the -130 favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season on the strength of their Game 5 victory, with the Bruins pegged as the +110 underdog on that odds list. If Boston manages to stave off elimination in Game 6 at home on Monday night the series will return to Chicago for a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday.

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 NHL Betting Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +115

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