Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/19/14
Boston Bruins (30-15-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (31-8-11)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -152 / Boston Bruins +138 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins travel to the United Center to battle the Chicago Blackhawks in early Sunday action.
The Bruins look to snap out of their recent funk by building on a 4-2 decision at Dallas on Thursday. Boston had dropped three of four heading in to this one before handing the Stars their seventh loss in eight contests. The Bruins balanced offensive effort saw goals from David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand with the first three posting an assist as well. This was still a tight one with Dallas pulling within 3-2 with Lehtonen on the bench for an extra skater as Jamie Been snuck one past Chad Johnson before Bergeron ended the mystery with an empty netter in the final seconds tomake a winner out of Johnson who stopped 32 shots.
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Chicago upended visiting Anaheim 4-2 Friday in a battle of two of the top squads in the Western Conference. This looked like a rout with the Blackhawks taking a 3-0 lead halfway through the final stanza before the Ducks scored twice to make the home crowd sweat before Marian Hossa sealed the deal with an empty net tally for his second goal of the game. Bryan Bickell and Kris Versteeg also found the back of the net while Corey Crawford picked up the win with 19 saves to outduel Jonas Hiller who had won 14 in a row. In the process the Hawks now trail Anaheim by four points for top seed in the conference as they improved to 17-3-2-5 at the United Center.
The Hawks have been incredibly tough to beat at home which has me looking at them until I see the price tag and that is not to my liking. The under is 3-1-1 in the last five which doesn't mean much between teams that don't face one another. I'll take the home team but won't play the juice...