Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks
NHL: Tuesday, February 1, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST
The Bruins have won four in a row, overall, and in their three wins after the All-Star break they have only given up two goals while scoring 12 goals. The team is in second place in the Eastern Conference only trailing the Washington Capitals by one point. Boston is loaded and balanced ranking first in the NHL in GAA and sixth in goals per game.
The Blackhawks are coming off a loss, 1-1 since the break, and have dropped two of their last three games following a five-game winning streak. The team is out of the top eight in the Western Conference but not by much. Chicago beat Boston on the road in the beginning of December 4—3 in OT. The Bruins have won four of their last six games facing the Blackhawks.
Defense Kills it, AgainAfter only allowing one goal in two straight games the Bruins topped that in their last game, which was a 4-0 home win over the Vancouver Canucks. Boston outshot Vancouver 42-25, four different players lit the lamp, and Tuukka Rask (19-4-6 2.15 GAA) stopped all 25 shots he faced.
Jaroslav Halak (13-6-6 2.42 GAA) has given up three goals in his last two starts, both Boston wins, and he will get the start in between the pipes against the Blackhawks.
David Pastrnak has the most goals in the league and ranks third in points and while failing to register a point in the Canucks’ game he had five goals and six assists in his previous four games. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have combined for 55 goals this season and Boston has tallied 10 goals in their last two games. On the season the Bruins are 14-8-3 on the road.
Close Again in Another LossIn their last game, the Blackhawks were on the road and lost to the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in OT, which was their second loss in three games with both coming by a single goal. Chicago scored two goals in the third period to send the game to OT and defensemen Adam Boqvist and Olli Maatta each scored in the losing effort. Carl Crawford (10-13-3 2.91 GAA) made 31 saves in the loss and Chicago had won his previous three starts where he only gave up five goals. He or Robin Lehner (15-8-4 2.86 GAA), who gave up four goals in a loss in his last start, will get the call against the Bruins.
Patrick Kane did not score a point in the last game but had three goals and three assists in his previous four games. He leads Chicago in points, goals, and assists and the second leading goal scorer on the team in Robin Lehner does not have a point in his last three games. The Blackhawks are 12-12-3 at home this season.
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Chicago Blackhawks are:
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Boston Bruins are:
- 4-2 in their last 6 games against the Blackhawks
- 5-1 in their last 6 games
- 6-0 in their last 6 games against teams from the Western Conference