Boston Bruins (28-21-9) at Chicago Blackhawks (35-19-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 22, 2015, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under:
The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday at the United Center.
The Boston Bruins have lost six straight games and end a five-game road trip. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have one power play goal in their last six games and have lost their last three games when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 17 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 23 assists and Loui Eriksson has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Tuukka Rask has allowed 113 goals on 1,393 shots faced and Niklas Svedberg has given up 26 goals on 306 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have one power play goal in their last four games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 27 goals, Brandon Saad has 22 assists and Marian Hossa has 175 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Antti Raanta has allowed 23 goals on 373 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 91 goals on 1,146 shots.
The Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Blackhawks are 80-35 in their last 115 home games and 17-6 in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
The Bruins are in a major funk and are nearly unbackable. Have to go with the Blackhawks here, especially considering they've had Boston's number recently.