NHL Picks: Bruins vs. Blackhawks Game 5

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, June 20, 2013 1:23 PM GMT

The series is knotted at two and the offenses finally broke free but will we see another wild scoring affair or a defensive battle on Saturday night? Let’s find the value in our NHL odds in Game 5.


Swinging Johnson - NHL Record (14-11-1, +8.75units)

*Games assigned 1 to 5 units. 

Update: 

I once knew an old man who went by the name of Billy the Cuff (because he was always cuffing money off people to make a bet) and he always said it’s easier to lose a bet than to not make what would be a winning one. Billy, wherever you are (and I’m sure it’s not on this earthly plane), you were right.

Despite the NHL odds, I mustered up the cojones in Game 3 to predict that there would soon be an avalanche of scoring and advised a play on Over 5 (+125). The final score was a 2-0 Boston victory. I wanted to come right back with the Over again in Game 4 but reasoned that chasing a team or a total is a recipe for disaster and I would not fall victim to a rookie mistake. Alas, I was premature (if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that) and watched the avalanche cascade in Game 4 as both the Blackhawks and Bruins combined for 11 goals en route to a 6-5 Chicago victory. Oh, and by the way, I had Boston for 4 units at -135.

So writing this column this morning is not easy. It’s like listening to your favorite sports talk show the day after your team lost. It’s almost impossible to do. But I shall soldier on and attempt to make sense of what will happen in Game 5 and deliver a winner in our NHL picks. Keep the faith my brothers and I’ll try and do the same.

[gameodds]7/238386/349/us[/gameodds]


The Pick:

So, does Chicago now have the necessary momentum and will that mojo be exacerbated in an arena full of rabid Blackhawk fans? Or are the Bruins a team of destiny that will not wilt under the bright, white spotlight of the United Center? Who ya got?

Ah, questions abound and I’m not entirely sure what the answers are. However, I do know that Corey Crawford is getting beaten like a rented mule over his glove hand. While Rask was not his razor-sharp self on Wednesday night, many of the Blackhawk goals were screens and deflections. I’m not letting Tuukka off the hook, but his defense was oftentimes standing around like a whistle had already blown.

Call me crazy, call me kooky but I see an easier fix for the Bruins than I do that glove side of Corey Crawford. The Bruins defense is as solid as they come but they had a hellacious Game 4. Good players don’t get bad overnight and I suspect the defense will return in Game 5. Who wins, who loses – hell, who cares? I’m going Under (which is different than down!) in our NHL picks.

Play Under 5 (-140) for 3 units at William Hill