NHL Stanley Cup Final Preview: Blackhawks vs. Bruins

NHL Stanley Cup Final Preview: Blackhawks vs. Bruins

NHL Stanley Cup Final Preview: Blackhawks vs. Bruins
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The Boston Bruins, who swept the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Eastern Conference title, and the Chicago Blackhawks, who prevailed over the defending champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, renew their Original Six rivalry in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 4 Boston Bruins

Series prices: 
Blackhawks -145, Bruins +125

Blackhawks' playoff betting numbers: 12-5 SU, 5-7-5 over/under

Bruins' playoff betting numbers: 12-4 SU, 7-7-2 over/under

Why bet the Blackhawks:

Chicago is the betting favorite for a reason. The Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team; they finished 15 points ahead of Boston. Chicago’s penalty kill has been lights out in the playoffs, killing off 94.8 percent of the opposition’s power plays. That is over seven percent higher than their season average (87.2 percent). Additionally, the Bruins are struggling with the man advantage. Boston failed to score a power play goal in its sweep of Pittsburgh. The Blackhawks will enjoy home advantage in the final round. Chicago is 9-1 at home and is averaging 3.30 goals per game, while allowing only 1.7. Goaltender Corey Crawford is 12-5-1 with a playoff-best 1.74 GAA.

Why bet the Bruins:

The Bruins have been on a tear since getting a scare from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. Boston has won nine of its last 10 and has a ton of confidence after sweeping the high-powered Penguins. The Bruins have a deep, talented group of forwards. Nine of Boston’s 13 forwards have scored a goal in the playoffs and 10 have three or more points. Center David Krejci leads all scorers in the playoffs with 21 points in 16 games. The Bruins are getting an even better effort from their defensemen. Boston is allowing 1.33 goals per game over its last nine games and has received a contribution of 15 goals from the back end this postseason. Goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 134 of 136 shots for an incredible .985 save percentage against Pittsburgh. He has a 12-4 record, 1.75 GAA and .948 save percentage in the postseason and could be a strong candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy if Boston should go all the way. The Bruins won’t have home advantage in this series but it might not matter. Boston is 5-1-1 on the road in the postseason, averaging 3.43 goals per game, while allowing just 1.86.

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Stanley Cup Cheat Sheet
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(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (4) Boston Bruins

-- Blackhawks 36-7-5, 77 points, 1st in Central
-- Bruins 28-14-6, 62 points, 2nd in Northeast

-- Blackhawks knocked off Wild, 4-1 in first round
-- Blackhawks edged Red Wings, 4-3 in second round
-- Blackhawks stopped Kings, 4-1 in third round

-- Bruins held off Maple Leafs, 4-3 in first round
-- Bruins cruised past Rangers, 4-1 in second round
-- Bruins swept Penguins, 4-0 in third round

Home and Away

-- Chicago is 9-1 at home in the playoffs
-- Five of the wins came by two or more goals
-- The 'over' is 4-3-3
-- The Blackhawks have only allowed two or more goals twice

-- Chicago is 3-4 on the road in the playoffs
-- Three of the losses were by two or more goals
-- The 'under' is 4-2-1
-- The 'Hawks have surrendered three or more goals four times

-- Boston is 7-2 at home in the playoffs
-- Four of the wins were by one goal
-- The 'under' is 4-3-2
-- The Bruins have only allowed two or more goals twice

-- Boston is 5-2 on the road in the playoffs
-- The two losses came by one goal
-- The 'over' is 4-3 on the road
-- The Bruins have scored three or more goals on the road four times

Overtime Notes

-- Chicago is 3-1 in the playoffs (3-0 at home)
-- Boston is 4-1 in the playoffs (3-0 at home)

Head-to-Head Meetings

-- Bruins have won the last two encounters, last one occurring in 2011
-- Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford is 0-2 in his career versus Boston
-- Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask is 0-1 in his career versus Chicago

Stanley Cup History

-- The Western Conference has won four of the last six Stanley Cup Finals
-- There hasn't been a sweep in the finals since 1998
-- The last five Stanley Cup Finals have last at least six games
-- Boston has gone 6-12 in the Stanley Cup Finals
-- Chicago has gone 4-7 in the Stanley Cup Finals
-- The Bruins won the Cup in 2011 for the first time since 1972.
-- The Blackhawks won the Cup in 2010 for the first time 1961.

Stanley Cup MVP History (Conn Smythe Winner)

-- Goalies and Centers have won the trophy 16 times
-- Defensemen have captured the trophy nine times
-- Goalies have won the last two Conn Smythe awards (Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas)

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Stanley Cup Props
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Series Price

Boston Bruins (Series Price) 13/10 (+130)
Chicago Blackhawks (Series Price) 2/3 (-150)

Where Will The Series Be Decided

TD Bank Garden, Boston 11/10 (+110)
United Center, Chicago 5/7 (-140)

Who will win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP?

Corey Crawford (CHI) 7/4 (+175)
Tuukka Rask (BOS) 9/4 (+225)
David Krejci (BOS) 5/1 (+500)
Marian Hossa (CHI) 7/1 (+700)
Patrick Kane (CHI) 7/1 (+700)
Bryan Bickell (CHI) 19/2 (+950)
Zdeno Chara (BOS) 12/1 (+1200)
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) 15/1 (+1500)
Patrick Sharp (CHI) 15/1 (+1500)
Nathan Horton (BOS) 20/1 (+2000)
Brad Marchand (BOS) 20/1 (+2000)
Duncan Keith (CHI) 25/1 (+2500)
Jaromir Jagr (BOS) 50/1 (+5000)
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 50/1 (+5000)

Will a goaltender win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Yes 4/9 (-225)
No 37/20 (+185)

Will a player from the losing team in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals be awarded the 2013 Conn Smyth Trophy?

Yes 15/1

Series Correct Score

Boston Bruins 4-0 14/1 (+1400)
Boston Bruins 4-1 8/1 (+800)
Boston Bruins 4-2 19/4 (+475)
Boston Bruins 4-3 5/1 (+500)
Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 9/1 (+900)
Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 4/1 (+400)
Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 9/2 (+450)
Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 5/1 (+500)

Total Games in the Series

4 19/4 (+475)
5 23/10 (+230)
6 9/5 (+180)
7 17/10 (+170)

Total Games in the Series

Over 4½ 1/7 (-700)
Under 4½ 19/4 (+475)

Total Games in the Series

Over 5½ 5/9 (-180)
Under 5½ 3/2 (+150)

Total Games in the Series

Over 6½ 17/10 (+170)
Under 6½ 10/21 (-210)

Series Game Spread

Boston Bruins -1½ 41/20 (+205)
Chicago Blackhawks +1½ 20/53 (-265)

Boston Bruins +1½ 4/7 (-175)
Chicago Blackhawks -1½ 29/20 (+145)

Boston Bruins +2½ 2/7 (-350)
Chicago Blackhawks -2½ 11/4 (+275)

Total Goals in the Series

Over/ Under 27

Player Props

David Krejci 4th Round Points vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Over/ Under 4

Patrice Bergeron 4th Round Points vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Over/ Under 4

Tyler Seguin 4th Round Points vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Over/ Under 3½

Patrick Kane 4th Round Points vs. Boston Bruins
Over/ Under 5

Jonathan Toews 4th Round Points vs. Boston Bruins
Over/ Under 5

Marian Hossa 4th Round Points vs. Boston Bruins
Over/ Under 4

Tuukka Rask 4th Round Goals against average vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Over/ Under 2.25

Tuukka Rask 4th Round Save percentage vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Over/ Under .930

Corey Crawford 4th Round Save percentage vs. Boston Bruins
Over/ Under 2.10

Corey Crawford 4th Round Goals against average vs. Boston Bruins
Over/ Under .930

Who will Score More Points in the Series?

David Krejci (BOS) 21/20 (+105)
Pakrick Kane (CHI) 20/27 (-135)

Nathan Horton (BOS) 10/11 (-110)
Marian Hossa (CHI) 5/6 (-120)

Brad Marchand (BOS) 10/11 (-110)
Patrick Sharp (CHI) 5/6 (-120)

Milan Lucic (BOS) 5/6 (-120)
Bryan Biekell (CHI) 10/11 (-110)

Patrice Bergeron (BOS) 1/1 (+100)
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 10/13 (-130)

Jaromir Jagr (BOS) 10/11 (-110)
Michal Handzus (CHI) 5/6 (-120)

Tyler Sequin (BOS) 20/23 (-115)
Brandon Saad (CHI) 20/23 (-115)

Zdeno Chara (BOS) 20/23 (-115)
Duncan Keith (CHI) 20/23 (-115)

Additional Props

Will there be a 5 minute fighting major penalty called during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals?

Yes 2/5 -250
No 39/20 +195

How May Games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals will go to overtime?

Over 1½ 27/20 (+135)
Under 1½ 20/33 (-165)

Will any game in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals go to double overtime?

Yes 11/4 (+275)
No 2/7 (-350)

Will Either Team Record a Shutout in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Finals?

Yes 20/31 (-155)
No 5/4 (+125)

Will there be a suspension in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals

Yes 3/1 (+300)
No 1/5 (-500)

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals Betting Preview: Bruins vs. Blackhawks
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Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The #1 Chicago Blackhawks take on the #4 Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals, which is significant because the two Original Six teams haven't met in the playoffs since the 1979 quarterfinals.

The Blackhawks had the best record in the shortened NHL season and they are the betting odds favorite. Boston is coming off a sweep of Pittsburgh but they won't have home ice advantage.

Series Price

Boston Bruins: +120
Chicago Blackhawks: -140

How they arrived

Chicago (48-11-1-5, -$589, 23-33 O/U) beat the Los Angeles Kings in five games, including winning in double overtime, 4-3 on Saturday night. They opened by defeating Minnesota in five games and then got down 3-1 against Detroit, before winning three straight in semifinals to win in seven games.

Boston (40-17-4-3, $747, 23-35 O/U) opened the playoffs beating Toronto in seven games. Since then, they've lost just one game as they beat the New York Rangers in five and Pittsburgh in four games.

How they fared against each other this year

These teams did not face each other this season thanks to the lockout. In the 2011-12 season, Boston beat the Blackhawks, 3-2 in a shootout.

Key NHL Trends

Chicago is:

7-1 last 8 vs. Eastern Conference
40-15 last 55 home games
5-11-6 last 22 matchups on the under bet overall.

Boston is:
22-7 last 29 playing on 3 or more days rest.
6-1 last 7 vs. Central Division.
7-17-4 last 28 matchups on the under bet after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game

Why the Blackhawks will win this series:

Chicago was the dominant team in the NHL this season, winning the Presidents' Trophy. Their penalty kill has been terrific during the playoffs, as they killed off 94.8 percent of their opposition's power plays. They've allowed just three goals in 58 man-advantage opportunities.  That's impressive considering their season average was 87.2 percent.

Their power play hasn't been quite as effective as they scored on just one power-play goal in five games against Los Angeles.

Chicago is 9-1 at home and is averaging 3.30 goals per game, allowing just 1.7. Goaltender Corey Crawford has been sensational in the playoffs, posting a record of 12-5-1 with a 1.74 GAA.

Crawford has allowed two or fewer goals in 12 games this postseason.

Chicago is led by RW Marian Hossa, who has 7 goals and 7 assists in the postseason, followed by RW Patrick Kane, who has 6 goals including three in the double overtime win on Saturday.

Why the Bruins will win this series

Boston is the underdog in this series but they've been playing like a favorite. They have won nine of their last 10 and just swept the high-octane Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins shut down Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, James Neal and Kris Letang, holding them to zero points. The Bruins have two of the best defenseman in the game in Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron is one of the top two-way centers in the NHL.

Boston is also 5-1-1 on the road in the playoffs, scoring 3.43 goals per game and allowing just 1.86.

The Bruins have one of the best defenses in the NHL and a very hot goaltender in Tuuka Rask, who is 12-4-1 with a 1.75 GAA and a .943 save percentage (1st) in the playoffs.

Boston held Pittsburgh's power play to 0-for-15 in their series and have an ordinary 86.5 percent kill percentage for the playoffs.

Boston needs center David Krejci (9 goals, 12 assists) to continue his strong play along with Nathan Horton (7 goals, 10 assists) and Milan Lucic (3 goals, 10 assists) to contribute.

Projection: Chicago Blackhawks in six games

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