The Boston Bruins head into Chicago for a Wednesday night date with the Blackhawks at the United Center. The Bruins and Blackhawks were both in action last night, with the Bruins easily beating the Canucks by a score of 4-0, while the Blackhawks went to overtime against the Wild. Olli Maatta found the back of the net with less than five minutes on the clock to tie the game up at 2-2. Earlier in the period, Adam Boqvist cut the lead to 2-1, so it was a close call for the Wild who were able to regroup in overtime. Matt Dumba registered the game-winning goal, and they went on to save a victory. It’s a big loss for the Blackhawks who are attempting to keep pace in the Western Conference wildcard race.
Chicago heads home with a record of 25-21-7 and 57 points on the season. The Flames were able to help them out last night with a 3-1 loss against the San Jose Sharks last night. Bad loss for the Flames who can’t be losing at home against teams like the Sharks. Despite the loss for the Blackhawks, they were able to get a point, which may be important down the stretch. It was looking like they weren’t going to have any points to show for last night at the second intermission, so at least the Hawks picked up a point. There won’t be any time to relax, as they welcome the Bruins to the United Center on Wednesday night.
With the tie last night, the Bruins have secured at least a point in seven of their last eight games. Their trip to Minnesota was only their second loss since January 11, which was the beginning of a five-game winning streak for the Blackhawks. This recent run by the Blackhawks has other teams involved in this crowded wildcard race looking behind them. It’s difficult to say who are the two teams making it out alive with a wildcard and winning the Pacific Division. Everything is still very well in play in that regard.
The Bruins have been showing positive signs recently as well. After a red-hot start to the season, the Bruins fell off and regressed hard to give the Lightning an opportunity to contend for the Atlantic Division. Both teams won last night, so the Bruins maintain a five-point advantage on the Lightning in the division. However, this wasn’t a competitive division for the entire first-half. Thanks to a hot run by the Lightning, and regression in Boston, the Lightning are right back in the thick of things. The Bruins are feeling better recently, though, as they ride a four-game winning streak and wins in five of their six outings. Head below for our free Bruins vs. Blackhawks pick.
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The Bruins are playing like the same team that we saw earlier in the season now. They tanked out of the blue in December and skidded all the way through December. The Bruins lost eight of nine games before stabilizing and getting hot recently. They’ve certainly looked more like themselves recently, as the defence starts to play up to their full potential again. The Bruins have had wins of 3-2, 2-1, 6-1, and 4-0. Grinding away at teams with their aggressive and physical defence is what’s made them such a threat in the last decade.
They still have that potential and have put it on display recently. The Bruins have allowed just 1 goal per game across this four-game span. It’s a good sign for a Bruins team who were getting away from that aspect of their game, hence all of the losses they had piling up. In their last ten games, they’ve been able to settle down and allow an average of 2.5 goals per game. Part of their issues defensively were because of the injuries on the blueline. They’ve lost defencemen as the season has progressed, notably Matt Grzelyck who was available for a portion of the time the Bruins were slumping. His return has been an instant upgrade from what the defence was working with before.
Connor Clifton is the only blueliner that is dealing with an injury currently that is nearing a return. Kevan Miller is off as well, but his comeback timetable from a fractured kneecap is a little unclear at this point. The most important members of their defence are fortunately going to be suiting up again on Wednesday night. Despite the dip in production, the Bruins are still the best in the league with just 2.41 goals against per contest on the season. The Blackhawks have had to deal with defensive injuries, too. Brent Seabrook and Calvin de Haan will not be back this season.
Along with the defensive effort picking up in Boston, the Bruins have also scored 3.7 goals per game in their previous ten outings, and have been more than competent on the road at scoring. Note that the Bruins are 6th in the league with 3.35 goals scored per game. On the road it’s more of the same, with 3.36 goals scored and 2.52 goals against per game. The Bruins have posted a record of 14-8-3 on the road, while the Blackhawks are only 12-12-3 at home. Chicago has allowed more goals than they’ve scored at the United Center in 2019-20, having notched 2.93 goals per game and given up 3.04 goals. The Bruins are a team to ride when they’re hot, and that’s definitely been the case of late. Expect them to add another win and record a five-game winning streak in Chicago tonight.