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Blackhawks’ Attention To Details Will Cost Them Again In Game Four

Posted by Carter Brown on 6/18/2013 7:47:00 PM

While the analysts continue to pour over the obvious details like that the stars of the Chicago Blackhawks have struggled to score, and that Boston Bruins’ netminder Tuukka Rask has been excellent, the online sports betting professionals are looking past the obvious and at the key details in what has made the difference in the Stanley Cup Finals. It has been the little things that have separated the Bruins from Chicago to this point in the series, the details of the game like faceoffs, turnovers, and the ability to generate a consistent forecheck. The Blackhawks’ failure to pay attention to the details has cost them to this point in the series, and it will hurt them again unless things change in game four on Wednesday.

Stanley Cup Finals – Game 4
Chicago Blackhawks @ Boston Bruins
Wednesday June 19, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NHL Sportsbook Line: Boston – 140

Boston won the faceoff battle by a ridiculous 40-16 margin in game three, won the takeaway battle 6-2, and out hit Chicago 31-25. Those details are what made the difference in the 2-0 win for the Bruins, and will be key moving forward to game four with the chance for the home team to take a commanding series lead.

NHL Betting Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

The biggest concern for the Blackhawks may be the faceoff numbers, as they were completely overwhelmed in that department from the outset. Michael Handzus lost all 10 faceoffs he took, while Dave Bolland went 1-for-8 and Marcus Kruger went 2-for-7. Chicago simply can’t afford to lose that many draws at both ends of the ice, and there could be changes coming ahead of game four. A failure to control the puck has had an obvious impact on the Blackhawks’ ability to score, while the turnovers in their own end specifically led to the game-winning goal from Daniel Paille in game three.

NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins

Boston is a physical team that has laid the body at every opportunity, well aware that all of those hits add up and take a physical toll on the opponent. The Bruins will do their best not to give Chicago any breathing room, with an emphasis on protecting their own end and generating a strong forecheck to keep the puck at the other end of the ice for as long as possible. The Boston powerplay finally clicked with Patrice Bergeron scoring the insurance goal less than 11 minutes after Paille opened the scoring, and it should be noted that Bergeron was also 24-of-28 in the faceoff circle in game three and the first star.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The online sports betting numbers give a strong indication about why this series has played out the way it has, and it’s hard to imagine the Blackhawks will be able to turn it around enough to actually come back and win game four on the road. The Bruins will be playing with a sense of urgency as they look to hold on to the home ice advantage they have taken in the Stanley Cup Finals, so look for them to continue to play their game and allow the little details to make the difference in another big win at home.

NHL Betting Pick: Boston Bruins - 140


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