Blackhawks at Bruins: What bettors need to know
Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins (-125, 5)
In order to take a step toward solving the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Blackhawks will need to tackle the task that is Tuukka Rask. The goaltender has kept the President's Trophy-winning Blackhawks off the scoreboard for over 122 minutes as the Bruins have claimed a 2-1 edge in the Stanley Cup final. After Rask recorded his third postseason shutout by stopping all 28 shots he faced in a 2-0 triumph on Monday, Chicago will look to get the better of the young stud in Wednesday's Game 4 and end Boston's seven-game home winning streak - thereby evening the series in the process.
The Blackhawks are expected to receive a boost with the "likely" return of Marian Hossa, according to coach Joel Quenneville. Hossa, who shares the team lead with 15 points, was a late scratch with an upper-body injury on Monday - despite taking part in the pre-game warmup. An ailing power play continues to plague Chicago, which has failed to score on all 11 opportunities with the man advantage in the series and 20 consecutive dating back to Game 2 of the Western Conference final versus the Los Angeles Kings.TV:
8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDSABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS:
After sharing the team lead in goals with Patrick Kane in the regular season, captain Jonathan Toews has mustered all of one during the playoffs. "Whether it's him or our power play, offensively I think we're all a little gun shy in that area," Quenneville said. "One thing with Johnny, you can always measure how he's going to be competing because game in, game out, he leaves it out there." Quenneville admitted that he has considered reuniting Kane and Toews on the same line - as he did briefly against the Kings. The presence of towering Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has played a part in splitting the two.ABOUT THE BRUINS:
Credit Patrice Bergeron for adding to Chicago's troubles as last season's Selke Trophy winner scored a power-play goal and won 24 of 28 faceoffs in Game 3. Bergeron has tallied twice with the man advantage in the Stanley Cup - and has won the respect of his teammates in spades. "(He) is by far the best two-way centerman in the league," Brad Marchand said. "He proves it night in and night out how special he is as a two-way guy." Daniel Paille scored for the second straight contest and has three points in the Stanley Cup final.TRENDS:
* Bruins are 7-1 in their last 8 overall.
* Under is 11-3-3 in Blackhawks last 17 games playing on 1 days rest.
* Under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 home games.
* Blackhawks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Boston.OVERTIME:
1. Chicago C Michal Handzus lost all 10 of his faceoffs in the first two periods of Game 2. He did not take another in the third period.
2. The Bruins have killed off their last 27 short-handed chances.
3. Boston has won 11 of its last 13 games.