Boston Bruins @ Chicago Blackhawks – Saturday Game 2 (Chicago lead 1-0)
The online sports book experts were a bit shocked by how things turned out in game one of the NHL Stanley Cup finals. The Boston Bruins jumped out to a predictable fast start, but the Blackhawks hung in there and did not give up. Despite being down 3-1 at one point in the game, the Blackhawks fought back and eventually won the game at the 52 minute mark of overtime. It took three overtimes to decide a game that Boston had in the bag early on. It was the kind of collapse that the fans and betting sites did not expect.
As game two gets ready to face off, fans are wondering which version of the Bruins will actually show up to play. Will it be the Boston Bruins that shut down the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins and swept the Pens in the Eastern Conference finals, or will it be the bumbling Bruins that gave away game one of this series? The sports betting sites know how adaptable the Bruins are and how much Boston is able to forget a bad game and move on to the next game. That means that it could very well be the more determined Boston team that shows up Saturday.
The Blackhawks know how to come from behind and win games, but it took an extra special effort for Chicago to slow down the Bruins and win game one. One of the things that the online betting experts noticed was that the Blackhawks played a much more physical game in game one than they have in any of their other playoff series. If the Blackhawks can maintain that kind of a game without losing key players to injury, then Chicago will definitely be a problem for the Boston Bruins.
The mistakes that caught everyone’s attention were the defensive errors made by the Bruins. Boston was consistently making bad passes and bad line changes throughout the game. The mistakes are what cost the Bruins the game and those mistakes need to be fixed by game two. The Boston Bruins normally play excellent defense and the team has been more than pleasantly surprised at the performance of goaltender Tuukka Rask. To say that Boston is out of the series after only one game is premature. But game two will carry a lot of weight as far as determining the fate of this series.
The Bottom Line
Fans can expect the Boston Bruins to come out and set the physical tone for the game right off the bat. Chicago was able to capitalize on Boston mistakes in game one, but those mistakes may not be there to capitalize on in game two. The Boston Bruins know what they did wrong in game one and they are prepared to correct those errors in game two.
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Pick: Boston Bruins