Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins
The Bruins look to keep their season alive on home ice while the Blackhawks look to clinch the Stanley Cup title with a road win at the Garden. The Bruins are -126 favorites over the Blackhawks with an over/under goal total set at 4.5.
The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in familiar territory up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals heading to the road as this was the same scenario a few seasons ago when they won their last Stanley Cup on the road in Philadelphia. The Blackhawks have won back to back contests and taken the series lead away from the Bruins who could be in tough as the status of Patrice Bergeron is up in the air after he left game five in an ambulance. After a game four victory in which they Hawks put six goals past Tuukka Rask they got back to form in game five with a hard fought, 3-1 victory that has to give the Hawks some momentum heading back to Boston for a huge game six show down. Jonathan Toews’ health is also a concern heading into this one as he was held out of the game for the duration of the third period after suffering a hard body check by Bruins defenseman Zach Boychuk. Either way you can expect another competitive contest between the league’s two best teams and we could very well see the Cup be presented this evening.
The Bruins dropped back to back contests for the first time since the opening round against the Maple Leafs when they dropped a pivotal 3-1 decision on Saturday night and they must rebound if they want to keep their Cup aspirations intact. The fact that Boston is still playing hockey is a miracle after they were down by three goals late in the decisive game seven against Toronto but since the epic comeback they have been rolling and until Saturday hadn’t lost two straight. To add injury to insult the Bruins could be without their best player in Patrice Bergeron who has done everything for the black and yellow and without his leadership and ability to dictate the game in all aspects of the game would be a huge loss in a very crucial point of the season. This has been a remarkable postseason and a great culminating series between two class organizations and while a deciding game seven in Chicago is more than a distinct possibility I really think Chicago has gained momentum here and even if Bergeron can go for the Bruins it is clear that he won’t be at 100%. With that in mind I like the Blackhawks here to finish the series and hoist another Stanley Cup in front of a hostile Bruins crowd.
Chicago Blackhawks +114 Boston Bruins