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Bruins try to extend Cup final lead

The Boston Bruins seek a commanding 3-1 Stanley Cup final lead in their sights on Wednesday night as they play host to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series.

But recent history suggests that the team trailing in the series will win Game 4. In each of the past four NHL Finals, the team trailing the series won this game, which would be a Chicago win if history repeats itself.

The Bruins are up 2-1 on the Blackhawks in the set after they picked up a 2-0 victory as a -125 home favorite on the NHL betting lines in Game 3 on Monday night. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves that day to pick up his third shutout of the postseason.

Last year, the Kings led 3-0 before losing Game 4 to New Jersey. In 2011, these same Bruins trailed Vancouver 2-1 before winning Game 4 at home. The Flyers did the same against the Blackhawks in 2010 (a 5-3 victory in Game 4) while Pittsburgh won Game 4 of the 2009 Finals while training Detroit 2-1.

View Chicago vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +130 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total opened at 4.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at SportBet.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 4 (Bruins) and the No. 1 (Blackhawks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

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.

Chicago lost its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Bruins on June 17. Bettors who backed the Bruins at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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

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

A few Blackhawks at Bruins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chicago's last 14 games on the road
Chicago is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chicago home to Boston, Saturday, June 22