The Boston Bruins take their winning streak on the road on Wednesday to face the Chicago Blackhawks. The leaders of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference come into the game with a four-game winning streak and are on course to make it five if they avoid defeat. The win against Vancouver Canucks extended their winning run as well as showed another display of their defensive prowess.
You are never sure what you are going to get when you face the Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL side has a decent record; however, it is flagged by displays of inconsistency. Last time out, they lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wilds and boast a record of 24-22-6. While Chicago is on course to make the playoffs, the team is failed by the defensive shortcomings that leaves them languishing in 4th place in the Central Division.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins Predictions
The Blackhawks will have an uphill battle on their hands when they welcome the Bruins to the United Center. They will have to find the defensive answers to an in-form Torey Krug. He is one of Boston’s leading attackers that are finding the goal with brilliant accuracy this season:
Krug scored two goals in the last game when they defeated the Wilds 6-1. The rest of the goals were shared amongst David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork, and Jake DeBrusk.
The defensive display of the Bruins was solid, with goalie Jaroslav Halak keeping out 25 of the 26 shots that came to his direction. He was integral in the 31-10-12 record for the Bruins this season.
The Blackhawks have been heavily reliant on Olli Maatta’s brilliance this season, leading the team with a plus-six in 48 games. He has shared the load in the last ten games with Dominik Kubalik who is finding his scoring touch. He scored a total of nine goals in as many games.
Having won just one of the last three games they played against the Bruins, Chicago will have to turn their average of 2.98 goals per game into a greater number to win.
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The Boston Bruins have been able to play without their fans this season, boasting a 14-8-3 on the road this season. In the same breath, Chicago has 12-12-3 record at home and that does not inspire much confidence in the team. The Bruins will win this game and it won’t even be close.
Date & Time: Wednesday February 5, 2020, 8:00 PM (EST)
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