NHL Betting: Take Chicago to overcome the handicap against Boston


This is a first rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago came out on top in June and look likely to continue that supremacy here.

That it's another big game for the Blackhawks is no big deal on the back of ending Anaheim's streak two nights ago, and for all the talk of them stepping off the gas a little they've only gone without a point twice through 20 games.

The Bruins had previously struggled away at teams from the West but have toppled San Jose and Dallas in their last two road games, but unlike the other division leaders a truly sustained dominant spell has eluded them up to now and you'd have to pin that fact on their record outside TD Garden.

Both these teams are great at sustaining pressure through possession in the attacking zone at even strength, and whilst the Bruins are great at capitalising on mistakes Chicago have that added gamebreaking skill through the likes of Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa and I think that's what sets them apart offensively at least.

Taking chances on the powerplay might be key to Boston's chances though no club has spent less time a man up than them. Claude Julien will have his boys out to prove a point but I'll take Chicago to overcome the handicap.


Carolina-Tampa Bay

Even four goals in the first 22 minutes, all from captain and timeless wonder Martin St Louis, couldn't get Tampa Bay to a victory last night. Nobody else managed to score and they couldn't hang on to a 4-2 lead which consigned them to five consecutive losses at home.

Luckily at least their road form is in order, though Carolina seem to be in better shape after also being in action yesterday and securing a sixth success in eight.

Over the 18 days of the month so far the Hurricanes have hit the ice three fewer times than tonight's opponents and an intense schedule spell of 10 games in that time for the Lightning might inhibit their ability to make a quick response.

Goalie Anton Khudobin has been the biggest factor for Carolina breaking out of their rough spell but he surely needs a night after starting his seventh game in a row less than 24 hours ago. Cam Ward's unconvincing efforts this campaign mean that whoever gets the start could make or break this contest.

I don't think there's much doubt that Tampa are the better team here, so take them to overcome those defeats and make it three out of three against the Hurricanes this season at 2.55.


Best Bet: Chicago Blackhawks to overcome -1.5 handicap at 2.75