After a Boston Bruins 2-0 victory on home ice in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks are against the wall and need a win on the road that will tie up the series at 2 wins apiece. If they can't pull it off, then the Bruins could be just one game away from taking the Cup.
Tonight's Game 4 face-off is set for 8:00 pm ET at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and the game can be viewed on NBC.
NHL odds for the Bruins make them a -135 betting favorite, with the total is listed at 4.5 goals, and the over pushed up to -140, according to Bet365 sportsbook. This is a bit more than the -125 that they were listed at in Game 3. Have people lost confidence in Chicago?
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Down But Not Out
We must remember this was a Blackhawks team that was down 3 games to 1 to Detroit and overcame the deficit in Round 2 of the playoffs. Chicago was missing a key ingredient in their offense during Game 3 with Marian Hossa's absence due to neck injury. The Hawks really need Hossa in this game, because their offense has gone dry.
Boston Domination in Game 3
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask was amazing as he didn’t allow a goal on any 28 shots that Chicago presented him with. Boston is a much more physical team and this prevented 2nd opportunities which made Rask look a bit better than he was.
If the Blackhawks want a chance to win, they need to convert on the power play. They’ve yet to score a power play goal this series. Boston also dominated face-offs in Game 3 by a margin of 40-16 which makes for an eye-popping, game-changing difference. Chicago was held to just 2 takeaways and the pressure in Game 4 rests entirely upon their shoulders.
Bergeron looks to carry some momentum into Game 4 as he totally dominated Game 3. He scored one of Boston’s 2 goals to go along with 7 shots on goal and a dominant 24-4 advantage in face-offs. That’s an MVP performance if I ever seen one.
Even Jaromir Jagr managed to get in on the action as he picked up an assist on Bergeron’s goal and 4 shots on goal for the game.
Put the Puck In the Net!
Blackhawks fans are waiting for star Patrick Kane to deliver. This is a player that scored 55 points in 47 games in the regular season, but hasn’t had an answer for Rask.
In this series, Kane has 13 shots on goal and 1 assist. The Blackhawks desperately need offense from someone -anyone- and Kane is the player that needs to deliver, in order to even up this series. Chicago will need to be a little more forceful and aggressive to allow their superstar an opportunity to light the lamp.
These games are a physical battle and Boston is starting to take over. The Bruins' aggressiveness is dominating this series and look for more of the same in Game 4. We just don’t know how effective Hossa will be if he returns, so take the Bruins at home for your NHL picks (this isn’t a 2-3-2 format, which makes this game even more important), as they look to take complete control of this series.