Both teams will be tired after the 5th longest game in Stanley Cup history, but we can expect to see another physical battle in game 2.
Game 2 is set for 8:00 pm ET on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Bet 365 Sportsbook lists the Blackhawks as a -155 NHL betting odds favorite and the total for the game is 5.
There was a lot of physicality in game 1, including pucks going off of players skates and into the net. After 117 total shots on goal by both teams, what will we see next?
The Blackhawks were the more volatile team. While they gave up possession of the puck 18 times in comparison to Boston’s 5, the Hawks also were aggressive, leading in takeaways, leading 24-16.
Stepping Up His Game
After a regular season that saw left winger Milan Lucic amass just 7 goals and 20 assists in 46 games, Lucic has taken his game to another level in the playoffs. Lucic is 3rd in total points in the playoffs along with a plus/minus ratio of +14.
Lucic has really made his mark on the Stanley Cup as he got Boston out to a 2 goal lead and added an assist. He had an outstanding 5 takeaways as opposed to 0 giveaways and was named the number 2 star in the game and expect to see more from Lucic in a pivotal game 2.
Defenseman Andrew Ference accounted for himself very well in the opening game. He was a major physical force, being credited with an amazing 10 hits and 8 blocked shots. This guy isn’t a goon; he put major pressure on Corey Crawford offensively.
Ference’s defense is key to game 2. Boston can ill-afford to go down 2-0 in this series.
A Man Amongst Boys
Center Andrew Shaw got star of the game and deservedly so. He scored the winning goal in the 3rd overtime to give Chicago the victory and had a very solid game overall, but make no mistake about, veteran Marian Hossa is the leader of this team.
Hossa is nearing the 1000 point mark for his career and hasn’t slowed down in this abbreviated season. He had 31 points in 40 games and started out the Stanley Cup on the right foot with an assist and 10 shots on goal! He currently leads the Blackhawks in points in the playoffs with 7 goals and 8 assists.
The Blackhawks have been tremendous all season as they were 2nd in the league in goals, 1st in goals allowed, and 3rd on the power play. With the goaltending of Corey Crawford and the offense of superstar Patrick Kane, this team will be tough to beat after such a huge win in game 1.
Chicago is the total package of good offense, good defense, and great goaltending. Game 1 has got to have tired both teams out, but the Blackhawks have a huge advantage at the key positions along with momentum and home ice. So, I am making my NHL pick thus.
Pick- Chicago -155 at Bet 365