After four games played in Boston and Chicago, the two teams are tied and the Blackhawks will return home poised to retake the lead. Game four was a roller coaster and with 11 goals scored in three periods plus overtime, hockey fans are right to have high expectations for Game 5.
Odds: Unibet 2.20
Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp emerged from their slumber and scored four goals in Boston, while assisting five more. Chicago fans were anxiously waiting for this dynamic trio to come out firing and they did just when their team needed them most. Tuukka Rask found himself in trouble for the first time these playoffs and he couldn’t deflect the hail of shots sent towards his net.
Corey Crawford on the other hand was used to being under constant pressure, as the Bruins got his number in the previous two games. The Blackhawks would be wrong to dwell on this victory, because the back line is far from solid and conceding five goals is still a setback even if the game is won. Three of the four games were decided in overtime, and this is something to factor in when trying to predict the winner, because fatigue will kick in sooner or later. Chicago has played more games these playoffs and with this series heading firmly towards a decisive game seven, they need to find a way to finish games early.
The Blackhawks return home after a thrilling victory in Boston and punters should back them to win the first game in regulation time this series. Unibet offers above average odds for this outcome, so as long as they hold at 2.20 it is worth backing Chicago to take the lead.