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Bruins seek lead in Stanley Cup final

The Boston Bruins will be looking to take the lead in the Stanley Cup final on Monday night as they play host to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.

Boston won Game 2 on Saturday night by a score of 2-1 in overtime as a +140 road underdog in Chicago to tie up the Stanley Cup final at one win apiece. Daniel Paille scored in OT on Saturday for the Bruins, who are home favorites for Game 3.

This season the Bruins are 28-14-6 overall while the Blackhawks are 36-7-5. As for the totals, Boston is 16-28-4 on the OU, and Chicago is 18-26-4.

View Chicago vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Game 3 NHL Finals Betting Line:
The Bruins were listed earlier today as -126 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5. Watch for the best assortment of player props at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 1-rated Blackhawks taking on the No. 4-rated Bruins in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 11-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.1 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 14.8% rate while the Blackhawks have a 87.2% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Blackhawks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at +140 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

A few Blackhawks at Bruins trends to consider:
Chicago is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago's last 13 games on the road
Chicago is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago at Boston, Wednesday, June 19