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Bruins Struggling Down the Stretch

Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins NHL

Only two teams have clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and one of those teams on the outside looking in is in action Sunday afternoon. The way the Boston Bruins have played of late, they are lucky to even be in the conversation. They have a pivotal game in the Windy City as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks in what is just about a must-win situation.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of Boston’s last eight road games.
  • Chicago has gone 1-4 SU in its last five home games.
  • UNDER has hit in four of the previous six between these two in Chicago.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Blackhawks at -140 in moneyline markets while the Bruins are +110. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with OVER at -145 and UNDER presently +115.

A five-game losing skid in the latter half of March has really put the Bruins behind the eight ball with just four games remaining. Luckily, they’ve rebounded with two wins in their previous three games and are coming off a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Blues.

The B’s are one point back of the Detroit Red Wings in the Atlantic Division and have one game in hand, which makes Sunday’s tilt with the Blackhawks of the utmost importance.

The Blackhawks are not entering the postseason the way they would have hoped either, however. Chicago went just 5-8 SU in 13 March games and are seriously jeopardizing home ice in the playoffs.

The Hawks are coming off a 5-4 overtime win versus the Winnipeg Jets on Friday but lost the other meeting with the Bruins this season by a score of 4-2 back on March 3.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Chicago Blackhawks as -136 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.9-2.4 win for the Blackhawks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Blackhawks are 45-26-7 so far on the season. The Boston Bruins, meanwhile, are 41-29-8. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Chicago go 27-31-20 and the Bruins go 33-36-9 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Boston injuries news.

This game puts the Chicago Blackhawks, most recently No. 12 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Boston Bruins, who rate a No. 15 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Chicago Blackhawks No. 9-ranked offense (2.79 goals per game) against a Boston Bruins defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.74 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 22.17% rate while the Bruins have a 82.31% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Boston was a 6-5 winner on the road against the Blues. Bettors on Boston at +142 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Chicago was a 5-4 winner on the road against the Jets. Bettors on Chicago at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games
  • Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games on the road
  • Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston

Next Betting Matchups

Boston home to Carolina, Tuesday, April 5th
Chicago home to Arizona, Tuesday, April 5th