NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, June 22

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, June 22

BOSTON (42-17-0-9, 93 pts.) at CHICAGO (50-12-0-7, 107 pts.) - 6/22/2013, 8:05 PM

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Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 4-2 (+2.1 Units) against the spread versus CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 4-2-0 straight up against CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.5 Units)


BOSTON vs. CHICAGO
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games


Boston at Chicago
Boston: 1-6 SU off a home loss by 1 goal
Chicago: 19-2 SU off a road win

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Bruins at Blackhawks: What Bettors Need to Know
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Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks (-147, 5)

Best-of-seven series tied 2-2.

Corey Crawford did his best to pick up for his ailing glove with a funny quip. On Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks will look for the goaltender's performance to do the talking on Saturday when they host the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final. Crawford has yielded 12 goals in the series - with eight coming from the glove side.

"Last series they were talking about my blocker," Crawford joked on Friday. "Both sides are bad, I guess." The netminder could afford to make light of the situation after defenseman Brent Seabrook scored 9:51 into overtime as the Presidents' Trophy-winning Blackhawks evened the series at two games apiece with 6-5 triumph on Wednesday. Venturing past regulation has been the norm in this series, as three of the four contests have been decided after 60 minutes - with Game 1 spanning into triple overtime.

ABOUT THE BRUINS: Boston takes considerable pride in its fourth line - or "Merlot" line, if you will. So, when Gregory Campbell suffered a broken leg while blocking a shot in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, coach Claude Julien has been left to mix and match players to fill the void. Rookie Carl Soderberg donned the merlot-colored sweater during Friday's practice, while Kaspars Daugavins wore the green jersey which signifies regularly scratched players. "Just trying something else here," Julien said of Soderberg, who hasn't played in the postseason. "I'll make that decision (Saturday). But just (getting) a different look at what that would look like, that's all."

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: Marian Hossa returned after being a late scratch prior to Game 3 by collecting one assist and mustering four shots on goal in just over 19 minutes of ice time on Wednesday. The veteran admitted that he was limited in that contest due to the upper-body injury and even missed practice on Friday. Despite his absence, coach Joel Quenneville admitted that "Hossa is fine" and didn't seem overly concerned. "(We're) very happy to use him. I think everybody has different limitations, but everybody is giving it their all."

TRENDS:

* Bruins are 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games.
* Under is 5-0 in Bruins’ last five after allowing five goals or more in their previous game.
* Under is 6-1 in Blackhawks’ last seven when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game.

OVERTIME

1. Boston's Patrice Bergeron has scored three of his team's four power-play goals versus Chicago. His nine tallies have him tied with fellow C David Krejci for the team lead.

2. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and RW Patrick Kane were reunited on the same line and scored just over two minutes apart in Game 4.

3. Bruins C Brad Marchand has failed to secure a point in the Stanley Cup final.

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2013 NHL Playoffs

Four games, three OT finishes; makes you want to take underdogs, no? Bruins won 11 of last 14 games overall (4-3 in OT games) since rallying from down 4-1 at the 11:00 mark in Game 7 of 1st round vs Toronto. Boston allowed one goal in the two games they won in series so far; they allowed 4-6 goals in the losses, both OT games. Chicago is 5-0 so far in playoffs when game goes over total, 4-5 if game stays under, 3-2 if total pushes. Hawks won nine of last 12 games since being down 3-1 in Detroit series. Chicago finally scored on power play last game, their only goal on last 24 power plays- they're 10-2 at home in playoffs, with last three home games all going to OT. Bruins are 5-4 when playoff game goes over- they won last seven that stayed under the total.

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Game 5 - Bruins at Hawks
By Sportsbook.ag

After tying up the NHL Stanley Cup Finals in a wild Game 4, the Blackhawks return home Saturday to host the Bruins in an crucial Game 5.

This series has already been incredibly close, with three of the four games going to overtime and the teams separated by just one goal. The Blackhawks were able to tie up the series on Wednesday with a 6-5 overtime win, scoring more in one night (six goals) than they had in the first three games combined (five goals). D Brent Seabrook was the hero with the overtime goal at 9:51 of the extra period. Chicago outshot the Bruins by a hefty 47-33 margin in Game 4 and won 49% of the faceoffs, a huge improvement from its 29% faceoffs won in Game 3. The Blackhawks also scored their first power-play goal of the series (1-of-15) on Wednesday, but Boston capitalized on two of its five chances with the man advantage.

Now the series goes back to United Center where Chicago is 10-2 during the postseason. However, the Bruins are 6-3 on the road during these playoffs, including a 2-1 overtime win in Game 2. But there are plenty of trends favoring the Blackhawks to win again, as they are 19-2 coming off a road win this season, including a perfect 9-0 mark when that road win was by a one-goal margin. On the flip side, Boston is just 1-6 off a home loss by a one-goal margin this season. The pick here is CHICAGO to win on its home ice.

Even with allowing six goals on 47 shots (.872 Sv Pct.) on Wednesday, Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask (14-6, 1.83 GAA, .941 Sv Pct. in playoffs) has had a great series so far, saving 161-of-172 shots (.936 Sv Pct., 2.09 GAA). And in his past four road games, Rask has turned aside 147-of-153 shots (.961 Sv Pct.).

There were many offensive heroes for Boston in Game 4, especially C Patrice Bergeron, who netted two goals to give him a series-best four tallies on a team-high 19 shots on goal. Three of those goals have been on the power play, where his team is an excellent 4-for-14 (29%) in the series. LW Milan Lucic also has four points in the series (3 G, 1 A), but three occurred in Game 1, as his goal on Wednesday snapped a two-game point-less skid. But he also delivered a game-high eight hits in the Game 4 defeat. LW Daniel Paille (2 G, 1 A) is the only other multiple-goal scorer for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, but he was held without a point and without a shot in Game 4.

Four different players each have three assists and zero goals in the series -- C David Krejci, C Tyler Seguin, D Zdeno Chara and RW Jaromir Jagr. Krejci still leads all NHL players with 24 points (9 G, 15 A) during the postseason, and Chara and Jagr had two helpers each in Game 4. But Jagr, who has 78 career playoff goals, has yet to score a single goal in any of the 20 games during these playoffs. Boston has four players that have logged at least 27 minutes per game during the NHL Finals, including two that are over 30 minutes -- D Dennis Seidenberg (33:46 avg. ice time) and Chara (32:31). Seidenberg has blocked eight shots in his past two games, and also delivered seven hits in Wednesday's loss.

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (14-7, 1.86 GAA, .931 Sv Pct. in playoffs) saved just 28-of-33 shots (.848 Sv Pct.) in the Game 4 win, but his numbers are still decent for his first Stanley Cup Finals series where he's posted a .920 Sv Pct. and 2.29 GAA. Crawford has been outstanding at home during this postseason though, going 10-2 with a .938 Sv Pct. and 1.58 GAA.

Thirteen different Chicago players scored at least one point during Game 4, but only three had multiple points -- RW Patrick Kane (1 G, 1 A), LW Brian Bickell (2 A) and D Michal Rozsival (2 A). C Patrick Sharp is the only Blackhawks skater with more than one goal in the series, tallying two goals on his series-most 25 shots on goal. Sharp leads all scorers in the postseason with 10 goals, and it was his power-play tally in the third period on Wednesday that snapped the Bruins streak of killing off 30 straight penalties.

In terms of the Stanley Cup Finals, only three Chicago players have at least three points -- Kane (1 G, 2 A), Rozsival (0 G, 3 A) and C Dave Bolland (1 G, 2 A). The Blackhawks really need more out of C Jonathan Toews (1 G, 0 A in series) and LW Marian Hossa (0 G, 2 A in series), considering Toews has 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in the playoffs, while Hossa has 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in this postseason.

Like Boston, Chicago also has four players that have logged more than 27 minutes per game of ice time during the Stanley Cup Finals. D Duncan Keith has been the biggest workhorse with a hefty 34:57 of ice time per game, in which he's been able to post a +4 rating. Three other defensemen -- Niklas Hjalmarsson (28:35 avg. ice time), Brent Seabrook (28:04) and Johnny Oduya (27:03) -- have also played a ton of minutes, but only Seabrook (+1 rating) has a positive rating in the series.

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