With the Stanley Cup Finals now tied at two games a piece, it’s quite obvious that the Bruins have managed to close the gap that we saw between these two teams during the regular season. And with that gap being closed, the hockey betting public seems to be grasping for a sense of direction. The online sportsbooks that are offer Stanley Cup betting in Canada are still giving Chicago the benefit of the doubt. Just looking at the game 5 Moneyline from Pinnacle Sports, you notice that the Hawks are way ahead at 1.680 while the Bruins are hanging back at 2.360. However, as stated before, the hockey betting community is less decisive and only 52% of the money is sitting on the Chicago Blackhawks at the moment.
Keys for Game 5
- One of the biggest keys for Chicago is Corey Crawford. Of the twelve goals that Boston has scored on Crawford in this series, Crawford has let in ten of them on his glove side. This could be more of a short term statistical anomaly, but when your opposing goal tender is Tukkaa Rask, any small nick appears like a gaping wound.
- And speaking of Tukka Rask, the Boston defense will have to be better than they were in game four if the Bruins wish to hoist Lord Stanley’s Trophy once again. Despite giving up six goals in last game’s overtime loss, Rask managed to put up his second best save percentage for a game in these playoffs. That translates into the Blackhawks taking 14 more shots on goal than the Bruins did in game four and still only coming away with an overtime win. If the Bruins want Rask and his exceptional play to get them past the favorites, they’re going to have to give him a break in game 5.
- Jonathon Toews is still roughed up from game four, but is definitely trending upwards after he broke his ten game scoreless streak in Wednesday’s game. If the Blackhawks want to continue the magic from Wednesday, they’re going to have to see more scoring from players like Toews.
Alternative Stanley Cup Betting Opportunities:
Despite the fact that we are three or fewer games from a final conclusion to the NHL’s 2012/13 season, you can still bet on the outright winner of the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately for Boston fans, the odds on the Bruins winning the cup have come down significantly. When we brought you the Stanley Cup Futures odds earlier in the playoffs, the Bruins were being offered up at 8.00. Now a bet on Boston will yield just 2.220. If you want to go with the Blackhawks. Pinnacle Sports is offering odds on them at 1.741.
Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Odds from Pinnacle Sports – Chicago vs. Boston
Boston Bruins +1.5 (1.417)
Chicago Blackhawks -1.5 (3.190)
Boston Bruins 2.360
Chicago Blackhawks 1.680
Over 5 (2.340)
Under 5 (1.690)