NHL Betting: Blackhawks to spring a surprise against the Bruins


The Chicago Blackhawks are feeling some serious heat in the Stanley Cup Finals, not only are they now behind 2-1 in the series but they were also convincingly shutout 2-0 in Game 3 by Boston and goalie Tuukka Rask. 

It's seen a big betting swing in the Bruins' favour as they are now at just 1.40 and, considering the ease of their last win, it is not undeserved. 

So exactly why are Chicago struggling? 

In the last two games the Bruins have done an excellent job blocking up their transitional rushes through the neutral zone and are not giving up any cheap turnovers. 

There have been glimpses of them breaking that stranglehold and managing an ineffective powerplay is also hurting them, having failed to capitalise on any of the 13-man advantage opportunities they've had. 

Marian Hossa was a shock late withdrawal from the lineup for Monday's contest and his absence was noticeable. All reports suggest he will play tonight. If you don't fancy Toews, Kane and co. to improve, there are odds of 2.55 on Rask to hold them to under 1.5 goals for the third time in a row. Boston will of course be looking to change very little, even though only four different players have scored for them in these Finals. 

Last time Chicago were 2.75 to steal a road win, suddenly two days later they've slipped to 3.10 here. These are desperate times for the Hawks and that might just be the push they need to rediscover their attacking groove. Succumb to the Bruins again and it's unlikely going to be worth backing a revival. 

A scrum in the final minutes on Monday has also added some animosity and, without taking it too far, more fight needs to be shown. One moment could spark them and it would be harsh to criticise their defensive efforts up to now, so I think Chicago might just spring a surprise. 

Best Bet: Chicago Blackhawks to win including overtime at 2.20