NHL Betting: Blackhawks & Bruins will go down to the wire


Enticingly poised at 2-2, the Stanley Cup Finals roll back into Chicago for tonight's Game 5.


With Boston looking in control of the series before Game 4, the Blackhawks produced a huge effort to win on the road and swing the odds back in their favour.


Wednesday's meeting ended up 6-5 after overtime and must go down as the game of the postseason so far, the Bruins had to fight back from multiple deficits on the night but ultimately couldn't seal what might well have been a killer blow to Chicago.


Now the Hawks have come back in to 1.67 to lift the Cup with Boston at 2.15 despite finding themselves as low as 1.40 earlier in the week.


What will give Chicago even more confidence is the way their offence emphatically broke out of the shackles and made things uncomfortable for the likes of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. Six goals by six different scorers and a lot of success off quick rushes up the ice are further bonuses.


They also managed to break Boston's long streak of successful penalty kills, though comparing the two powerplay units it's still the Bruins who look much more convincing with the man advantage.


A number of players would be solid bets to score tonight however few seem determined to lead their team like Patrice Bergeron, there's odds of 4.00 on him to score what would already be his fifth goal of these Finals. You'd expect the two goalies to regain some semblance of control on the scoreline but still back over 4.5 total goals at 1.82.


Three of the four contests have now gone past regulation so 3.55 on a 60 minute tie continues to be great value at 3.55. It'll be interesting to see if the the Blackhawks can carry their effort levels over now their situation is less pressing, it would be foolish to not include overtime on any bets to win and I don't see Chicago as worth it at 1.65. In such a topsy turvy series the Bruins have an excellent chance as the more consistent team to this point. I think they are the better option tonight at 2.25.


Best Bet: Game tied after regulation at 3.55