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Bruins, Hawks open Stanley Cup final

The Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks will get the Stanley Cup final underway on Wednesday night, with Patrick Kane and company the favorites on the NHL betting lines.

The Blackhawks are listed by the sportsbooks as home favorites for Wednesday's Game 1, and they've been opened as the series favorites over the Bruins as well. Boston is coming off a sweep of the Penguins in the Eastern Conference final last week and is 6-2 in eight games against Chicago since 2004.

The Blackhawks are 36-7-5 so far on the season. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 28-14-6. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 18-26-4 and the Bruins go 16-28-4 on the totals.

View Boston vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Blackhawks as -147 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5 at BetOnline.

Chicago vs Boston Game 1 Props: from Bovada

(BOS @ CHI) - Who will record more points in the game?
    
David Krejci (BOS)    +175
Patrick Kane (CHI)    +175
Draw            +165
 
(BOS @ CHI) - Who will record more points in the game?
    
Brad Marchand (BOS)    +190
Patrick Sharp (CHI)    +190
Draw            +140
    
Nathan Horton (BOS)    +175
Marian Hossa (CHI)    +195
Draw            +150
    
Zdeno Chara (BOS)    +250
Duncan Keith (CHI)    +200
Draw            +105
    
Jaromir Jagr (BOS)    +200
Jonathan Toews (CHI)    +190
Draw            +135

(BOS @ CHI) - Total saves in the game - Chicago Goalies
    
Over/under    30½
(-115)o
(-115)u

 
(BOS @ CHI) - Total saves in the game - Boston Goalies

Over/under    30    
(-115)o
(-115)u
    
(BOS @ CHI) - Player to score the first goal in the game?

BRAD MARCHAND (BOS)    11/1
NATHAN HORTON (BOS)    11/1
DAVID KREJCI (BOS)    12/1
TYLER SEGUIN (BOS)    14/1
JAROMIR JAGR (BOS)    15/1
PATRICE BERGERON (BOS)    15/1
DANIEL PAILLE (BOS)    18/1
MILAN LUCIC (BOS)    17/1
ZDENO CHARA (BOS)    20/1
RICH PEVERLEY (BOS)    25/1
PATRICK KANE (CHI)    10/1
MARIAN HOSSA (CHI)    10/1
JONATHAN TOEWS (CHI)    11/1
PATRICK SHARP (CHI)    12/1
BRYAN BICKELL (CHI)    14/1
ANDREW SHAW (CHI)    17/1
BRANDON SAAD (CHI)    20/1
BRENT SEABROOK (CHI)    20/1
VIKTOR STALBERG (CHI)    20/1
Any Other Player    13/2
   
Power Rankings:
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 1-ranked Blackhawks and the No. 4-rated Bruins in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.3 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 16.7% rate while the Bruins have a 87.1% rate on the penalty kill.

Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Los Angeles are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Bruins at Blackhawks trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Chicago
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Chicago is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing at home against Boston
Chicago is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 games ,when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Chicago, Saturday, June 15