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NHL Finals Game 2 Betting Preview

The Boston Bruins need to rebound from an exhausting 3-OT loss in Game 1 if they hope to get back in the Stanley Cup finals and pay off for their bettors.

And history says that they have a very good chance of doing so. Since 2003, the winners of the past nine games that have ended in triple overtime or later have failed to win their next game.

Only the 2009 Anaheim Ducks and 2006 Edmonton Oilers were able to follow up a 3-OT win with another win. The other seven winners all lost next time out, which would favor the underdog Bruins if that trend repeats itself.

The Blackhawks won 4-3 on Andrew Shaw's goal and are favored for Saturday's Game 2 at United Center. Early betting had about 60% of the consensus action on the home team at -155.

Stats courtesy of OddsShark.com NHL database.

3rd52:08:00Chicago4-3Boston12-Jun-13Andrew Shawhome?
3rd54:41:00NY Rangers2-1Washington02-May-12Maran GaborikRoadL
3rd47:06:00Ottawa4-3Pittsburgh22-Apr-10Matt CarkerRoadL
3rd41:15:00Anaheim Ducks4-3Detroit Red Wings03-May-09Todd MarchantroadW
3rd49:57:00Pittsburgh4-3Detroit Red Wings02-Jun-08Peter SykoraRoadL
4th69:03:00Dallas2-1San Jose04-May-08Brendan MorrowHomeL
4th78:06:00Vancouver5-4Dallas11-Apr-07Henrik SedinHomeL
3rd42:24:00Edmonton3-2San Jose10-May-06Shawn HorcoffHomeW
3rd42:28:00Vancouver5-4Calgary17-Apr-04Brendan MorrisonRoadL
3rd51:12:00New Jersey2-1Tampa Bay02-May-03Grant MarshallHomeL

Supporters of the Bruins have seen them go 28-14-6 so far this season, while the Blackhawks are at 36-7-5. In totals betting, the Blackhawks are 18-26-4, while the Bruins are 16-28-4.

View Boston vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Chicago sat as -155 favorites over at Bovada. The total was set at 5 at Sportsbook.ag but may move closer to puck drop.

Power Rankings:
The Blackhawks sit at No. 1 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bruins sit at a No. 4 on the same chart.

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.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Blackhawks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -153 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

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

A few Bruins at Blackhawks trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Boston home to Chicago, Monday, June 17