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2013 Stanley Cup Preview – Bruins vs. Blackhawks

Two traditional hockey towns, Boston and Chicago, the 2011 and 2010 NHL Champions provide the first matchup of a pair of original franchises since the 1979 Stanley Cup (Canadiens over Rangers).

On the surface, it looks like the winner could be who wins in the battle of the Bruin defense vs. the Blackhawk offense.

In addition to Marian Hossa (14 points), Patrick Sharp (14 points) and Duncan Keith (11 points) on the blueline, in beating the Kings to advance to the Final, Chicago’s main firepower of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are heating up at the right time.

The Blackhawks will need all of that and more as Boston’s D has shut down everything in their path to the Final. Led by Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara, the Bruins showed their dominance by silencing Sydney Crosby in sweeping the Penguins in four straight.

There’s also the age-old “riding the hot goalie” theory in play here (like the LA Kings riding netminder Jonathan Quick to a title last year) as, at least statistically, the two best goaltenders in the postseason, Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Chicago’s Corey Crawford have shined in the post-season. Rask is 12-4-1 with a 1.75 GAA and a .943 save percentage (the best in the NHL playoffs). Crawford is 12-5-1 with a 1.74 GAA (the best in the NHL playoffs) and a .935 save percentage.

In the end, simply put, these are two hard-hitting squads that could make this a true black-and-blue finale with the winner perhaps coming from the team that can wear down the other from a sheer physicality point of view.

PREDICTION: Boston’s scoring from leader David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand combined with a smothering defense is awesome, but the depth of the Blackhawks will prevail. Chicago wins in 7.

                                                   

 

Television Schedule

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013 8P.M.** BOSTON AT CHICAGO NBC
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013 8 P.M. BOSTON AT CHICAGO NBCSN
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013 8 P.M. CHICAGO AT BOSTON NBCSN
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 8 P.M. CHICAGO AT BOSTON NBC
*SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 8 P.M. BOSTON AT CHICAGO NBC
*MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013 8 P.M. CHICAGO AT BOSTON NBC
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013 8 P.M. BOSTON AT CHICAGO NBC

* If necessary

** All Times eastern.

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