Presently riding a seven-game winning streak, the Chicago Blackhawks (7th in Central Division) are paying a visit to the Boston Bruins (3rd in Atlantic), who have won their last three domestic fixtures…
‘Hawks Win Seventh Straight
The current winning run of the Chicago Blackhawks (23-24-9) extended to a season-high seven contests after the team banked a 5-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at United Center on Sunday. Dominik Kahun (11 markers, 27 points this season) picked up two goals and an assist, as the ‘Hawks have now swept a couple of two-game homestands and a three-date road trip following a five-game losing skid prior (0-3-2). Chicago is 7th in the Central Division with 55 points from 56 outings, trailing a playoff spot in the Western Conference by mere four points.
"I was very happy, very pleased and happy to spend three more years in Chicago."
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 12, 2019
Goalie Cam Ward made 43 saves against Detroit to take his current performance tally to 11-8-4 for the rolling year with a 3.67 GAA and a .895 save percentage. He is 16-18-4 versus Boston in past meetings with a 2.69 GAA and a .917 save percentage, while Collin Delia (6-2-3 on the season with a 2.98 GAA and a .923 save percentage) is yet to face the Bruins, but has a 1-1-1 previous tally against the Eastern Conference with a 3.62 GAA and a .912 save percentage. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 10th in most goals scored per game (3.23), 2nd in most goals conceded on average (3.61), 10th in power play (21.6%) and bottom of the league in penalty kill (73.9%).
Bruins Stretch Out Point Run
The Boston Bruins (31-17-8) extended their point streak to seven fixtures (4-0-3) after sweeping a back-to-back home matinee set over the weekend. Patrice Bergeron (20 goals, 51 points this year) scored the overtime winner in a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden on Saturday before Brad Marchand (21 goals, 65 points) netted with 57 seconds left in the extra session in a 2-1 win against the Avalanche 26 hours later to lift Boston to its first domestic triumph versus Colorado since March 1998. The Bruins are 3rd in the Atlantic Division with 70 points from 56 contests.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 11, 2019
Goalie Tuukka Rask, the likely starter on Tuesday, made 25 saves versus Los Angeles, extending his personal point streak to 10 outings (8-0-2). He is 17-8-4 for the season with a 2.36 GAA and a .922 save percentage, and has posted a 5-2-1 past total against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Bruins, meanwhile, are scoring the 14th lowest amount of goals per game so far this year (2.88), while giving up the 2nd lowest quantity defensively (2.55). They are 3rd in power play with a 26.4% success rate and 16th in penalty kill with 80.0% efficiency.
- Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blackhawks are 7-0 in their last 7 overall.
- Blackhawks are 7-3 in their last 10 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bruins are the absolute favorites to bank a win in this one. But don’t count out the chances of the Blackhawks just yet. They have been in excellent form lately, winning seven straight games overall and five consecutive ones as an underdog. Besides, Chicago has already triumphed in half of its past four visits to Boston, where the Bruins will be playing host, having won just one of their last five outings following a single day’s rest.
Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks
Full-Game Total Pick
Twelve of the past 13 overall fixtures of the Blackhawks have all witnessed at least seven goals on the scoreboard, averaging a whopping 8.4 snipes per fixture. So, don’t be too surprised to witness a high-scoring matchup in this one as well. Especially with the Bruins also going over the total in five of their last eight contests versus sides from the Western Conference.
Prediction: Over 6